BOLD AS BRASS
MUSIC DAY HITS A HIGH NOTE
Musicians of all ages came together to celebrate Renfrewshire’s first ever Brass Day.
Organised by Johnstone Brass Band with funding from Paisley 2021 City of Culture bid, the event in the Tweedie Hall, Linwood was hailed as a big success.
There were workshops for younger and more experienced players who had the chance to learn from talented musicians RSNO principal trombone Dávur Juul Magnussen and Whitburn Band principal cornet, Chris Bradley.
The day culminated in a Big Brass Finale with Martyn Ramsay taking the baton for traditional brass band march Slaidburn and Marcus Britton leading the group in his own arrangements of Stevie Wonder’s Master Blaster ( Jammin’) and Imagine Dragons Radioactive.
June Deans, chair of Johnstone Brass Band said: “Feedback from participants and supporters has been positive and it’s hoped to run similar events in the future.”
The free event featured performances from Johnstone Band, JP Berrie Big Band, Brass, Aye? and Levern Valley Community Brass.
A volunteer team led by Claire McCloy provided refreshments throughout the day and raised £149 for Brass for Africa.
Young talent Players of all ages performed on the day
Keeping score Checking the music
Loud Eleanor McCarthy protects her ears from the music
Big performance The grand finale was a successful end to the musical day
Impressive Street brass band Brass, Aye? were happy to take part