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'Happily' Socially Distancing

posted 31 Jul 2020, 02:00 by editor stdavidsbrass   [ updated 31 Jul 2020, 02:02 ]

Check out the Band's recent socially distanced video, on our Facebook page:

Chrismas Cracker 2019

posted 4 Dec 2019, 07:03 by editor stdavidsbrass

Come and join us. Tickets on the door.
Should be another great night, judging by last year's.
Gorebridge Bowling Club,
16 Hunterfield Road
Gorebridge, EH23 4TR

A Christmas Cracker

posted 30 Nov 2018, 06:35 by editor stdavidsbrass   [ updated 30 Nov 2018, 06:43 ]

This is a lmited ticket event
and tickets are going fast.

Have you got yours yet?

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. 


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.

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