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Digital support for bands in Scotland

Sunday 21 February, 2021

Bands looking to up their online output are to benefit from a new digital support initiative, spearheaded by the Scottish Brass Band Association.

Made possible thanks to funding from Creative Scotland, the project comprises a series of workshops for youth and senior bands that are looking to overcome the barriers associated with the technical difficulties of producing a virtual performance.

Discussing the project, SBBA education officer John Boax said: “The workshops are open to all bands, but especially those that have been deterred from trying because of their lack of skills and experience in producing an online musical performance and their perceived fear of using the appropriate technology.”

The sessions will be hosted by tutors who have experience delivering virtual band performances, including Keven Anderson and Iona Crosby. The two-stage presentations will cover the initial task of putting together a virtual band before moving on to completing the finished product.

There will also be recommendations and demonstrations of what free software is available. Keven is a cyber security expert who has produced many virtual recordings for Lochgelly Band. Music teacher Iona put together the online performance of the Perth and Kinross Percussion Ensemble which won the prize for the most entertaining programme in last year’s Scottish Virtual Youth Brass Band Festival.

Anyone keen to get involved, either as a band looking to get on board the digital experience or someone who can pass on the knowledge gained as a workshop deliverer, should get in touch with John Boax at sbbaeducation@gmail.com before March 1.