BAND Celebrates Successful Year With Awards Night And Dance

30 June, 2024 | Latest Photos, Local

IT was celebration time for members of Riverside Youth Band as it staged its annual awards night and ceilidh.

The event, which took place in the 68 Club, Port Glasgow, saw members honoured for their achievements during what was a busy and successful year, in which Riverside did the ‘double’, with its Youth and Training bands winning the Scottish Youth Championship title.

Players and their families and supporters then danced the night away, to the sound of the McHart Ceilidh Band.

Mark Good, musical director, said: “Our awards night and ceilidh was the perfect way for members of the Riverside Youth Band to let their hair down and enjoy a night of celebration.

“As ever, they threw themselves into the evening with gusto. They barely took themselves off the dance floor. Congratulations to our award winners, and well done to everyone for their hard work and dedication during another busy year.”

Ash Paton receives the Cathie Sinclair Memorial Trophy from Lesley Crumlish; Ash Paton recipient of Jack Leitch Memorial Trophy with Joshua Watson

The Youth Band Bandsperson of the Year, receiving the Cathie Sinclair Memorial Trophy, presented by Lesley Crumlish, was Ash Paton (Park Mains High School). Ash was also awarded the Jack Leitch Memorial Trophy for her outstanding performance in Riverside’s solo festival. This was presented by Joshua Watson.

The Most Improved Player in the Youth Band, receiving the Clive Good Memorial Shield, presented by Jeanette Good, was Katie Livingstone.

Training Band Player of the Year Bramble Kane right with Libby Hunter; Katie Livingstone receives the Clive Good Memorial Shield from Jeanette Good

Receiving the Training Band Bandsperson of the Year Award (the John Lee Millar Memorial Trophy, presented by Libby Hunter), was Bramble Kane (Notre Dame Academy).

The Most Improved Player in the Training Band was Hollie Stables (Clydeview Academy).

Mark Good and Gillian Reid; Rookie of the Year Christian Adams with Laura Good

A Special Recognition Award was presented to volunteer Gillian Reid, for her continued support of and dedication to youngsters in the Riverside Youth Band.

Aaron Arthur and Callum McCowan with Mark Good and Duncan Galbraith

The Best Section Award was presented to the tuba section of Callum McCowan (St Francis Primary), Aaron Arthur (Newark Primary), Jessica Sloan (St Patrick’s Primary) and Amelia Morrison (St Francis Primary).

Callum McCowan also received the Best Sightreader Award, while the Riverside Rookie of the Year was Christian Adams, of St Mary’s Primary.

Duncan Galbraith, chairman, said: “Being part of Riverside Youth Band is about doing everything together; performing, supporting and looking out for each other. Our awards night and ceilidh offers a rare opportunity to put our instruments down and have a party — and it was very well deserved after a packed 2023-2024. Well done to everyone involved.”

Riverside rounded off its term in style, with its summer gala concert, at which it was joined by special guest, the cooperation band.

While the band will take a short break during the summer, it will be in Coronation Park for Port Glasgow New Parish Church’s Picnic in the Park event on 20 July.

Several members will also travel to Strathallan School to take part in the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland’s summer residential course.

Riverside Youth Band rehearses in Port Glasgow New Parish Church on Friday afternoons, with more young brass and percussion players welcome to get involved. Contact Duncan: info@riversideyouthband.co.uk or call 07974 106 888.

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