Forfar Instrumental Band are fund raising to send their members to a residential summer school. This is a great opportunity to develop the band and will be a great benefit to the members and audiences in the future.
Forfar Instrumental Band has brought Brass Band music to Angus and Tayside for generations, one of the founding members of SBBA (Scottish Brass Band Association) in 1895.
The Band is made up of 30 players of varying age and ability, but more importantly we are family friendly with half of our Band being siblings or children of existing members.
The Brass Band has a long and varied history as a key part of the community and for us to continue in the future it is vital to have high quality experienced players.
The Band would love to be able to fund all of our 11 young players to attend The NYBBS (National Youth Brass Bands of Scotland) Residential Summer School where they will receive expert tuition over one week from the Musical Directors of some of the top Brass Bands in the UK.
In the course of the week we will be visited by over 20 of the finest, most experienced musicians all who share a love of music and are involved in the brass band scene both here and abroad. For those of you new to the course, each day will consist of working in small sections with your designated tutor for the week and full band rehearsals. Please ensure you come full of energy and prepared to play as your working day will begin at 9am and will end in the evening- don’t worry, lots of breaks and social activities will ensure you enjoy your time whilst working hard! (A draft daily timetable will be emailed in the with the final newsletter.)
Our program of activities include swimming, rounders, treasure hunts, movie nights, football, ‘NYBBS got talent!’(come prepared to take part!) and weather permitting some al fresco dining! For some of the events you will need to provide your own equipment/props (talent show items, etc.) swimming caps (these can also be reserved from Tom Allan for a small fee in advance) and you will also need your own music stand and a piece of suitable music to play for your seating audition (i.e. where you will sit in the band.) Whilst percussion will be provided, the players themselves must bring sticks and mallets. It is advisable that all personal belongings are clearly labeled for safe return, as we cannot be responsible for any personal property lost on campus.