Band concert to help fund residential course places

IF you like light music then Forfar Instrumental Band has something just for you.

On Friday June 8 there is to be a concert in St John’s Church featuring two brass bands, the organ and two soloists.

Forfar Instrumental Band will be to the fore with a diverse programme that is sure to include something for everybody.

The band has been working on some new pieces lately and will be offering everything from rousing marches to selections from musical theatre.

Over a year ago Forfar welcomed some new young players from St John’s School in Dundee where bandmaster Gordon Evans teaches.

They join the established young players from Forfar and Kirriemuir and together they form about one third of the band.

St John’s School has produced many noted local brass players over the years and has its own brass band.

This band will be sharing the floor with Forfar, bringing its own youthful vigour to the proceedings.

Two brass soloists are lined up and Forfar’s principal cornet, who just happens to be organist at St John’s, will let you hear just what the fine organ in the church can do.

There is a serious side to all this. No less than six members of Forfar Instrumental Band will be attending the annual summer course with the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland in St Andrews this year.

This is a marvellous opportunity for young players to play to very high standards under some of the finest conductors and tutors in the country.

The week’s residential course costs £350 for each participant and it has been customary over the past five or six years for the Forfar band to contribute a substantial amount towards this. The players concerned take an active part in raising the necessary funds so most of the proceeds of the concert will go towards this.

Just to show that they can do other things the same young players will be taking part in a sponsored walk in Glen Doll on the Sunday following the concert!

Tickets are now on sale at the Toy Castle, Castle Street, Forfar.