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Christmas Concert 2017

posted 28 Nov 2017, 12:09 by editor stdavidsbrass   [ updated 28 Nov 2017, 12:11 ]

Why not join us for our annual Christmas Jumper Concert on Friday 8th December in Gorebridge Parish Church. Everyone is welcome with free entry and a retiral collection in aid of the Midlothian Food Bank. 

It will be great to see everyone one there to help celebrate a successful year for the band and remember to wear your Xmas Jumper!

Youths Prep Section Success

posted 26 Nov 2016, 10:11 by editor stdavidsbrass   [ updated 27 Nov 2016, 07:25 ]

Today, 26th Nov, our young beginners, St. David's Budding Brass, took part in the Scottish Youth Brass Band Championship, Preparatory section. Their young conductor, just turned 17, was wielding the baton for a second year running.

Their first piece, Singin' in the Rain, was judged to have, 'dynamic contrasts well handled' and 'a good balance of parts'.

Handbags and Gladrags followed. After a ragged ensemble opening, both adjudicators enjoyed the 'strong delivery' of the 'confident solo cornet', with percussion adding to the overall performance.

In the closing number, Ghostbusters, the band settled into 'well handled syncopation' and 'solid dynamics'.

The young players and their conductor were delighted to be awarded a Silver certificate.

Christmas Concert 2016

posted 23 Nov 2016, 07:28 by editor stdavidsbrass

St. David's Brass and St. David's Youth Bands Christmas Concert will be on Friday 9th December at 7.30 pm.

The venue is Gorebridge Parish Church, 96 Hunterfield Road, EH23 4TT.
Entry is free, with a retiral collection being taken for the benefit of Midlothian Food Bank.

We are delighted to be able to help this important local charity once more.

Tribute to Robin Henderson

posted 26 Feb 2016, 12:31 by editor stdavidsbrass   [ updated 26 Feb 2016, 12:33 ]

On Tuesday evening the band recorded a tribute to Robin Henderson. Robin sadly passed away after a battle with cancer and we felt we would like to make a tribute to the gentleman and friend that we knew so well. We had the privilege of having Robin play with the band at a concert but more than this he was always incredibly supportive and complimentary towards the band at all times. The word legend is a word that is used far too often but in this instance is an underestimation of his influence on his band, the members in it and the banding community surrounding him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time and we hope this tribute helps to show how loved and respected he was. 


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Christmas Concert

posted 28 Nov 2015, 07:14 by editor stdavidsbrass

St. David's Brass and St. David's Youth Bands Christmas Concert will be on Friday 4th December at 7.30 pm.

The venue is Gorebridge Parish Church, 96 Hunterfield Road, EH23 4TT.
Entry is free with a retiral collection being taken for the benefit of Midlothian Food Bank.

Feel free to wear something Christmassy. Maybe band members will too! Come along and find out.

Scottish Youth Championships

posted 28 Nov 2015, 06:50 by editor stdavidsbrass

St. David's two bands made an early start to Perth on Saturday 21st November for the Youth Brass Championships. Both bands acquitted themselves well. 

Budding Brass, with quite a few new young players and debuting their two young conductors, was awarded a bronze certificate.

St. David's Youth gained a silver certificate. Well done both bands.

Accomplished with Robbert Vos

posted 28 Nov 2015, 06:37 by editor stdavidsbrass   [ updated 28 Nov 2015, 06:52 ]

The weekend of 24 Oct to 26 Oct had a programme packed with events. The emphasis was on learning, improving and bringing first class brass playing to people of all ages many of whom may never have heard brass playing of this calibre before.

After meeting the programme organisers, from St. David's Brass, over lunch, Dutch player, Robbert Vos, a Sterling Euphonium Artist, was launched into a whirlwind weekend. 

A free workshop on Saturday afternoon kicked off the programme, with about twenty players of varying abilities, ages and from different bands, attending. Robbert led them through the essential basics of loosening up and various breathing exercises, all designed to give a solid foundation to build further techniques on. 

The evening was taken up with individual tuition and a rehearsal with St. David's Brass, ready for the concert on Sunday. Robbert was ready for that extra hour when the clocks changed!

Sunday morning saw Robbert Vos, holding a workshop with Lasswade High School brass pupils, some of whom had never played in a brass band. This was followed by a rehearsal with Lasswade H.S. Concert Band, which included woodwind players and percussionists.

In the afternoon, there was a very successful joint Concert with Robbert Vos, St. David's Brass and Lasswade H.S. Concert Band, which was well attended by parents, families, local care homes and the general public, some traveling from the other side of the country to get the chance to hear Robbert play.  

The programme included, Benedictus, the fabulous Hummingbrrd, Philip Sparke's Pantomime and Symphonic Rhapsody. There was great feedback from the audience afterwards with one carer adding "Can I just say what a great time we had at the concert.  The residents loved the band and Robbert Vos."

Robbert then tutored St. David's Youth Band on Sunday evening, followed by more individual tuition on both Sunday and Monday night, rounding off a truly busy, interesting and enjoyable weekend which had something for everyone. 

St. David's Brass Band would like to thank Sterling Instruments and the Scottish Brass Band Association for their support, enabling this accomplished weekend to happen.

Listen to Robbert Vos in Concert

posted 11 Oct 2015, 19:12 by editor stdavidsbrass

Delighted to announce, that following on from the Workshop, the next day we are hosting a joint concert with Lasswade High School Concert Band with featured guest soloist Robbert Vos. This is a fantastic opportunity to see one of the best Euphonium players in the world perform in Scotland. Tickets will be available at the door on the day. 

Sunday 25th October 2015
Time: 2.00 pm
Venue: Lasswade High School, Eskvale Drive, Bonnyrigg, EH19 2LA
Tickets: £5 / Concessions £3 / Primary School age, free.

Be Accomplished with Robbert Vos

posted 20 Sep 2015, 11:24 by editor stdavidsbrass   [ updated 20 Sep 2015, 11:42 ]

An exciting opportunity for everyone to join us in our workshop venture with one of the best Euphonium players in the world. Entry to the workshop is free and all are welcome to come along and learn from the best. Please reply via email or respond to the band's Facebook post for additional information. Please share where possible.


Robbert Vos

International Euphonium Soloist

Sterling Euphonium Artist


Low Brass Workshop 

Organized by St. David’s Brass & Sterling Musical Instruments

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015

Time: 1.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Location: Vogrie Hall

33 Vogrie Road, Gorebridge

Midlothian, EH23 4HH

Registrations via Stuart Dickson: satch987@msn.com

Fit for the Queen

posted 16 Sep 2015, 13:32 by editor stdavidsbrass   [ updated 16 Sep 2015, 13:32 ]

Here you can see the band playing today for Her Majesty the Queen at Tweedbank station for the opening of the Borders Railway. The band were the "Official band" for the opening ceremony and were tasked with entertaining the large crowds prior to the Queen's arrival on the Royal train. 

While awaiting the start of the official ceremony the band had a chat with Prince Philip before playing the National Anthem for all assembled. 

A great day and a massive honour for all the band members who made the trip down to play.


For more photos go to the Pictures page.

In video below, the band can be heard most of the time:
16.40 starts Pirates of the Caribbean during which at
19.00 camera pans to band 
39.30 Duke moves to band, Queen waits for him followed by National Anthem, 
pans to kids, pans to Duke applauding band


Band playing at Official Opening of Borders Railway

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