Four of Scotland’s best brass bands recently came together at Johnstone Town Hall to perform in a showcase concert.
The innovative format saw four bands, Coalburn Silver, Dunaskin Doon, Newmilns and Galston and Johnstone each presented a 30-minute concert programme who put on varying and entertaining programmes, which were well received by an enthusiastic audience at Brass Showcase 2017 at Johnstone Town Hall.
The bands featured soloists and made good use of the Johnstone Town Hall multi-media facilities, enhancing each of the programmes with visuals. Compere, John Hamilton had a busy day with some narration as well as introductions, and did an excellent job.
Judges were part of the audience and were asked to score after each performance a mark out of ten in their category.
Charles Keenan awarded a top score of 9 points to Newmilns and Galston for Quality of performance (Photo below) earning a Prize Certificate and a voucher donated by Band Supplies.
Graeme Law’s top scoring band for Entertainment/Presentation was Dunaskin Doon securing a Prize Certificate and voucher donated by Band Supplies (photo below) and Scott Kerr awarded the top scoring band for Contribution of Individuals and Soloists to Newmilns and Galston.
Scores were combined to give an overall score out of 30, but there was no overall top scoring band, with Dunaskin Doon, and Newmilns and Galston Bands both achieving 25 points.
Scott also judged the solo awards, including the Best Junior Contribution for an under-16 player which went to Arran McMillan in the Johnstone Band percussion section. A one year subscription donated by Brass Band World magazine was the prize for the Best Soloist and awarded to Newmilns and Galston Solo Cornet, Dougie Cameron.
The audience Best Band of the Day award, with a one year subscription donated by Brass Band World magazine, was decided by an audience vote. The result was a 43-43 draw between Coalburn and Johnstone with 117 votes counted.
Photo: Johnstone Band
Photo: Coalburn Band
Photo: Dunaskin Doon Band
Photo: Newmilns and Galston Band
Brass Showcase 2017 received a great reaction on the day, and the bands are keen to hear more audience and participant feedback to help plan future events. You can do this through any of the band contacts or online at www.coalburnsilverband.co.uk/brassshowcasefeedback.
List of Award winners:
- Overall Top Scoring Band – Shared: Dunaskin Doon, Newmilns and Galston Top Scoring Band – Quality of Performance – Newmilns and Galston
- Top Scoring Band – Entertainment / Presentation – Dunaskin Doon
- Top Scoring Band – Contribution of Individuals and Soloist – Newmilns and Galston Best Cornet – Coalburn Silver – Solo Cornet – Calum Blair
- Best Flugel/Horn – Dunaskin Doon – Solo Horn – Emma McTaggart
- Best Baritone/Euphonium – Johnstone – Solo Euphonium – Wesley Stuart
- Best Trombone – Dunaskin Doon – Bass Trombone – Blane McKnight
- Best Bass – Newmilns and Galston – Bb – Davie Murray and Davie Trusdale
- Best Percussion – Coalburn – Playing and singing
- Best Junior Contribution – Johnstone (Percussion) – Arran McMillan Best Section – Johnstone (Horn Section)
- Best Soloist – Newmilns and Galston – Solo Cornet – Dougie Cameron The Audience’s Best Band of the Day – Shared: Coalburn Silver, Johnstone
- Brass Showcase 2017 is a collaboration between Johnstone Band, Coalburn Silver Band, Dunaskin Doon Band, and Newmilns and Galston Band.