The Silver Band’s Autumn Concert last month which had a “Heroes Theme” was a great success.  It commenced with the Youth Band playing (under the Direction of Mr Davy Robb) theme tunes from James Bond Movies, Game of Thrones and Rocky.  I’m a Believer, originally sung by the Monkey’s was also included.

The members of the Youth Band, who were supported by some adult players, all looked very smart in their new band Polo Shirts with a new logo – they were:

Cornets: Sophie Ward-Murray, Phoebe Hibbert, Carys Cornwall, Amy Brown, Rachael Scott, Adam Lowe, Theo & Macy O’Neil, Jamie Esposito, Ellie Napier. Katey Jardine

Horn: Maisie Esposito Baritone: James Grassick, and Bass: Holly Wilson

We are pleased to report that the playing expertise of the Youth band continues to improve, and they are all to be congratulated on their performance at the concert.  We also wish them all, good fortune at the up and coming Borders Youth Band contest in Galashiels.

The band are always looking for local talent & anyone interested in joining the Youth Band should contact the Band Secretary at secretary.pbsb@gmail.com.  The band meet on a Tuesday evening in the band room in Peebles High Street (6 until 7).  More “bottom end” players are required to join Maisie, James and Holly.

Lastly our thanks go to the Youth Band conductor Mr. Davy Robb for all his hard work, his jokes, and his expertise which create a good atmosphere during the band rehearsals and has led to an immense improvement in the playing ability of the band as a whole and the members individually.

The evening continued with a great selection of music from the Senior Band (under the Direction of Peter Holmes) playing:

Thunderbirds, Rowan Tree: a brilliant solo by Kevin Smith; Dance the Night Away; Under the Boardwalk:  a very good solo by Sophie Ward-Murray; Mambo No 5; Radetsky March; Avengers; Love of a Princess; Game of Thrones; Skyfall; Lament; Jurassic Park; with a crowd pleasing encore of YMCA.

In the second half of the concert, to lighten the mood and reflect the Heroes Theme, the band members changed into fancy dress costumes: – Batman, Blues Brothers, The Incredibles and puppets from Thunderbirds were all represented. The Musical Director, Peter changed into a Doctor’s white coat and stethoscope – Dr Strange?

As always, we are very grateful to our audience at the Concert who helped us to generate over £800 (before expenses) towards our running costs.

At the end of the Concert we drew the winning numbers in our annual Grand Prize Draw which raised a record £2,000 towards our “New Instrument Fund”.  First prize of £150 was won by Mrs Marilyn Williams who lives just outside Peebles – a nice birthday present from her brother who plays in the Band and bought the ticket for her.  Alan Ramsay won the second prize of £75, with Davy Boyle winning the third prize of £50. Please see our website for a full list of the winning numbers: www.peeblesburghsilverband.com

A special mention and thanks must go to Michelle Preston, & Stevie Baird who between them sold more than £1,000 in Concert and Grand Prize Draw tickets.   Anyone visiting the Ross Dougal fish shop in the High Street were not allowed to leave without first buying a ticket from Michelle.

The Silver Band has a “no charge policy” for supplying instruments to band members, and for teaching people who are interested in learning how to play.  The money raised at the concert along with the Grand Prize Draw help us to meet these costs and also to replace some of our older instruments some of which are now almost 30-year old – so your help is very much appreciated, and the funds raised are put to good use, especially as a new cornet can cost in excess of £2,000.  Thanks again to all our supporters and for coming to our concert.

Where else would you have such a good evening’s entertainment for just £6 per adult!  Hopefully see you at our Christmas Concert on Friday, 7th December in the Burgh Hall.