PORT Glasgow’s Riverside Youth Band has been crowned double Scottish champion following a packed weekend of music making.
The band secured the youth champion title in the senior section of the Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships at the weekend, with the organisation’s training band triumphing in the novice section.
It was the first time since 2018 that Riverside had entered the event, and the first time in the organisation’s history that it had entered two bands in one year for the prestigious competition, which took place in Perth Concert Hall.
Both bands also received Gold Awards and, in a further boost, Riverside Youth Band will now be invited to compete in the European Youth Brass Band Championships, to be held in Norway, in 2025.
Musical director Mark Good said: “The past few weeks have been very busy for members of Riverside Youth Band as we prepared for the Scottish Youth Championships, but the players have shown wonderful dedication, enthusiasm and camaraderie.
“Both bands gave performances to be proud of, but to have some silverware to take home was icing on the cake, and I’m delighted for everyone involved.”
Players faced a long and demanding day at the competition, travelling up on the coach in the morning, with the youth band not on until around 8pm.
Bands travelled from across the country to take part, playing selections of music to panels of distinguished adjudicators, which included principal trombonist of the world famous Black Dyke Band, Brett Baker.
Riverside Youth Band’s programme included a polished performance from principal cornetist, Ash Paton, of Georgia On My Mind.
Duncan Galbraith, chairman, said: “Riverside has had some wonderful experiences in recent years but this has to rank among the very best. To see those young players taking to the huge stage and giving such committed, polished performances, was very emotional. They have done themselves, their families and Inverclyde proud.”
The band now turns its attention to a string of festive dates, including its Christmas concert in Port Glasgow Community Campus on Friday 15 December at 7pm.
There will be tea and coffee, mince pies and a raffle. Tickets are on sale now online.
Riverside Youth Band is always keen to welcome brass and percussion players. Contact Duncan: email@example.com or call 07974 106888.