The Band Office Bearers were re-elected for another year at the band’s recent Annual General Meeting with Colin Napier as Band Chairman and Davy Cornwall carrying on his good work as Band Secretary.  Colin confirmed that the Band’s Youth Section was growing from strength to strength and all band members were grateful for the hard work put in with the youngsters by Davy Robb and Caitlin Riley.  If any youngsters wish to learn to play an instrument or to join our Youth Band – free of any cost whatsoever, please email Davy Cornwall on secretary.pbsb@gmail.com or phone him on 07976 242433.

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Colin has also subsequently expressed his delight at the Scottish Borders Youth Brass Band being crowned in Perth Civic Hall as Scottish Youth Brass Band Champions for a third consecutive time.  This Band which comprised of 40 brass and percussion musicians from across the Borders, aged between 11 and 18 were under the direction of Selkirk-based conductor, arranger and teacher Alan Fernie. Every town band in the Scottish Borders and Langholm was represented.

Drawn to play first in a field of three bands in their section, the SBYBB performed a programme opened by our own aspiring conductor Sophie Ward-Murray; Barnard Castle by the great Goff Richards.  Under the baton of Alan Fernie, the band continued with a movement from Philip Sparke’s test piece; The Celtic Suite, My Bonny Boy with euphonium soloist Thomas Brydon, a new piece of music written for SBYBB called Reivers by Iain Mundy and finally The Creel, the Reel and the Peat Fire Flame by Alan Fernie.

A thoroughly enjoyable day of music-making was had by all and the achievement of being crowned Scottish Champions for the third consecutive time was a testament to all the dedication and hard work put in by all the young players, their support teachers and their Conductor, Alan Fernie.

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Another success was our annual Christmas Concert held in the Burgh Hall in December. We were delighted to welcome once again the Kingsland Primary School Choir under their conductor Caroline Belleville.  The members of the choir not only sang beautifully but added in some well-rehearsed moves and jingle bells.  The Choir sang 4 pieces in each half of the concert and it was a joy for the Band to sit back and listen for a change.

Our own youngsters opened the Concert and their conductors Davy Robb and Caitlin Riley must be commended for their hard work in having the ensembles entertain the large crowd.  The youngsters all played well and must be congratulated on their performances.

As for the Senior Band we started off with “Joy” arranged by Alan Fernie and went on with a duet “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” played by Rhona Musgrave on Euphonium and Ian Aitchison responding on Cornet. Further Christmas music followed and included Solos by young Phoebe Hibbert on Cornet and Kevin Smith on Horn – very well played both of you. The Concert concluded with our traditional rendition of Jingle Bells.

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Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank most sincerely all our loyal supporters, patrons and the people of Peebles for supporting the Band throughout the year – it is very much appreciated by us all.  We trust you had a lovely Christmas and offer you all Very Best Wishes for 2019 from Peebles Burgh Silver Band.