Dávur Juul Magnussen at Brass Day 2017
On Saturday 7th October, Johnstone Band hosted Brass Day at Tweedie Hall in Linwood, a free event featuring performances by Johnstone Band, JP Berrie Big Band, Brass, Aye? And Levern Valley Community Brass. Each group played to a changing audience throughout the afternoon, who enjoyed four diverse programmes.
Tweedie Hall had plenty of space available for workshops, and both young and experienced players had the opportunity to learn from two highly talented musicians – RSNO principal trombone Dávur Juul Magnussen and Whitburn Band principal cornet, Chris Bradley. There were several opportunities to prepare for the big brass finale which was hosted by Marcus Britton, assisted by Mark Good. Local Brass instructors Caroline Tennant and Michael Howie were on hand with support and opportunities to try out, as well as adding to performances.
There were Royal Scottish National Orchestra prizes available following Dávur's Find your Voice session, which was great fun. Chris shared his performance tips and Marcus provided insights into his arrangements. In the foyer local bands brought information stands and Raymond Tennant from Band Supplies was on hand with instrument advice and merchandise.
Refreshments were provided by a volunteer team led by Claire McCloy and donations collected raised approximately £150 for Brass for Africa.
The Brass Day culminated in a Big Brass Finale where Martyn Ramsay took the baton for the traditional march 'Slaidburn' before Marcus Britton led the group in his own arrangements of some Stevie Wonder classics.
The event was presented with support from Paisley 2021 City of Culture bid funding. With the response from the audience, participant and supporters being so overwhelmingly positive it is hoped that similar events will be run in the future.
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