Brass contest delight for Penicuik band

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Penicuik Youth Brass Band took a silver medal in its first-ever competition recently.

The young musicians were competing in the annual Brass in the Park event in Newtongrange.

The youth band, made up of primary school children from Cuiken, Cornbank and Sacred Heart and both high schools, were delighted with their first outing in competition.

The band, which rehearses in Penicuik High School every Friday during term time at 6.30pm, played three short pieces in the preparatory section and were warmly received by the audience before getting a chance to mix with the adult bands and their supporters.

The band has welcomed four new beginners from Cornbank Primary and will be introducing another group of musicians in the next few weeks as it works towards the goal of a full-sized brass band of 26 players.

Efforts have been boosted by a welcome donation from Penicuik Rotary Club, for which the committee of parents and volunteer tutors from Penicuik Silver Band are grateful, and for a substantial donation from the adult band fund.

One of the parents, Tanya Lord, ran a half-marathon to raise funds, while her son, Rurairidh, took part in afun run at the same event. Donations and sponsorship are welcome.

The young members will be bag packing at Tesco this month as they prepare for Christmas carolling and the next set of grade exams.

The youth band works closely with the schools’ music instrumental teaching service, so if your child is already getting brass lessons at any Penicuik primary school they will be very welcome to come along and join in.