Congratulations to Scottish Borders Youth Brass Band who have been nominated in the Young People – Under 25s Award category. VOTE NOW!
We asked them the following questions.
Tell us more about your band
The Scottish Borders Youth Brass Band (SBYBB) is made up of forty brass and percussion musicians between the ages of 11-18. They come from all across the Scottish Borders area. Most of them are affiliated to one of the Borders brass bands in Peebles, Innerleithen, Selkirk, Galashiels, St. Boswells, Jedburgh, Hawick and Langholm.
The Band is directed by prolific brass band composer/arranger, conductor and teacher Alan Fernie who is based in Selkirk. SBYBB is administered by the Scottish Borders Brass Band Association as part of their extensive youth development programme.
The SBYBB won the senior section of the Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships held in Perth Concert Hall in November 2016. As well as the national title of Scottish Champions, this achievement brought qualification for the European Youth Brass Band Championships. The young band travelled to Ostend, Belgium at the end of April 2017 and made history by becoming the first brass band from the Borders to compete at this level.
How long have you been together?
The Scottish Borders Brass Band Association re-formed in 1997 to help develop brass banding across the region, support the member bands and puts youth music development at the very heart of its work. The Association organises two major workshop events per year, attracting around 80 young brass and percussion players. The Scottish Borders Youth Brass Band is formed from the older, more experienced players who attend the September Workshop.
What have you got planned for the next year?
The Scottish Borders Brass Band Association is now looking to the future of the Scottish Borders Youth Brass Band with great optimism, as the next steps are planned for this amazing set of young people. A concert, CD, tour and workshops are all being considered.
What has been the highlight of your journey thus far?
The highlights for the Scottish Borders Youth Brass Band have been two-fold this season. The youngsters appearance on stage at the Scottish Youth Championships in Perth was very special when a blend of youth, talent and ins[irational leadership fused to deliver a stunning performance.
Next came the fantastic Borders-wide appeal to raise funds to send the Band to the European Youth Championships in Belgium. Donations came in and fund-raisers were held all over the region with the young players leading the way themselves. This was a truly magnificent effort and paved the way for what was a fantastic trip.
How does it feel to be nominated in this category?
The Scottish Borders Youth Brass Band and Scottish Borders Brass Band Association is delighted to have been recognised by this nomination. There has been so much to celebrate and be proud of this year for the group and this nomination really is the icing on the cake.
Read more about Scottish Borders Youth Brass Band at their website