New look for youth band

A MIDLOTHIAN youth band has been parading in new outfits during a busy conclusion to 2011.

St David’s Brass Band has been based at Newbyres Hall in Gorebridge since Dalkeith Community Centre closed in June. St David’s Youth members have been fund-raising to buy uniform waistcoats to give them their own identity.

They have chosen black and maroon, reiterating the colour scheme already in use by the senior band, St David’s Brass.

The people of Gorebridge helped give the fundraising a great start and were very supportive when the youths did bag-packing at the local Scotmid store. A total of £544 was donated over two sessions, more than a third of the sum required.

St David’s Youth wore their new waistcoats for the first time when they competed in the Preparatory section (under-13s) at the Scottish Youth Championships in Perth last month.

They were delighted to gain a gold award from distinguished adjudicators John Wallace and David Childs.

The percussionists, solo cornet and solo trombone received special mentions.

The adjudicators were also impressed by the choice of programme: “Mancini Magic” to open, followed by the atmospheric “Song of the Seashore”, with “Puttin’ on the Ritz” as a rousing finale.

Earlier in November, a few of the youths took part in the East of Scotland Solo & Ensembles Contest at the Scottish Mining Museum, Newtongrange.

Three entered the Junior Solo section for under-13s.

Carla Pinkney came second and gained a gold award, earning her a place at the Scottish 2012 Besson Solo and Ensembles Contest, while Emma McLeod and Erin Dougherty gained silver awards.

Emily Brown and Andrew Pennycook each gained a gold award in the under-17s Intermediate Solo section.