BAND Members Showcase Talent At First Solo Contest

TALENTED brass and percussion players from Inverclyde hit the high notes in Riverside Youth Band’s first solo competition.

Fifteen band members took to the stage to perform their chosen works at the event in Port Glasgow Salvation Army hall on Saturday.

Cornet player Alan Hunter, right, with adjudicator Mark Good, after winning the senior solo competition.

Cornet player Alan Hunter (15) triumphed in the senior solo competition ahead of his sister 13-year-old Libby Hunter on tenor horn and trombone player Jack Vize (15).

Clydeview Academy pupil Alan also took the overall award for outstanding brass performance with his rendition of Percy Code’s Zelda, which was adjudicated by Riverside Youth Band’s musical director, Mark Good.

Trumpet player Gregor Hewitt took the honours in the intermediate solo competition

The intermediate solo competition was won by trumpet player Gregor Hewitt (13) who impressed with his performance of Chattanooga Choo Choo ahead of bass trombone player Mark Gammon (13) in second and 14-year-old Fraser Maclachlan in third.

Mark said: “We had a wwonderful standard of playing for Riverside Youth Band’s first ever solo competition.

“Getting on stage to play a solo in front of your peers is not an easy thing to do but it is such a positive experience and has a tremendous impact on a young musician’s development and self-confidence.

“Everyone did themselves and their teachers proud, and we hope the solo competition will become an annual fixture in Riverside Youth Band’s calendar.”

The competition came during a busy spell for band, which saw it joined by Riverside Training Band for a concert in the Old Kirk, Kilmacolm on Sunday. The Scottish Youth Champions performed to an enthusiastic audience to bring OK Fest, the church’s first music festival, to a close.

A further boost for the band came after it was awarded £1,000 from Inverclyde Council’s Grants To Voluntary Organisations scheme, which will be used to purchase new uniforms.

Riverside Youth Band meets on Friday afternoons in St John’s Hall, Port Glasgow. Young brass and percussion players of all levels of experience are welcome.

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Senior solo competition

First: Alan Hunter, Cornet, Gold Award

Second: Libby Hunter, Tenor Horn, Gold Award

Third: Jack Vize, Trombone, Silver Award

Intermediate solo competition

First: Gregor Hewitt, Trumpet, Gold Award

Second: Mark Gammon, Bass Trombone, Gold Award

Third: Fraser Maclachlan, Cornet, Silver Award

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