Johnstone Band has won third place at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.
The band represented Scotland as first section champions at the competition in Cheltenham on Sunday 16th September 2018.
17 bands competed in the first section, playing a set work – King Arthur — Scenes from a Radio Drama Benjamin Britten arr. Paul Hindmarsh.
Johnstone Band won a £500 cash prize for third place and the Denis Wick Trophy. The band was the best placed Scottish Band taking part in the 2018 National Finals weekend.
There were extra celebrations as the band’s soprano cornet player, Helen Mitchell won the individual Award for Best Instrumentalist, donated by Brass Band Word magazine.
Johnstone Band, said: “Thanks to our conductor, Martyn Ramsay and to all of our players for their hard work over the last couple of months.
“As part of preparations, the band enjoyed a rehearsal with eminent conductor Professor David King, International Chair in Band Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and the conductor of the current National Champions of Great Britain, Brighouse & Rastrick Band.
“Congratulations to first section winners Oldham (Lees) Band from the North West area, and to our compatriots at Dunaskin Doon Band on their fifth place.”
Photo: Helen Mitchell