BOLD AS BRASS

MU­SIC DAY HITS A HIGH NOTE

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Ali­son Ren­nie

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

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