Establishment of new brass band in Edinburgh city centre
- Jen Bowden
- 12 April 2012
Edinburgh Brass Band rekindles city's strong brass band tradition
A group of young musicians have established a new brass band in the heart of Edinburgh city centre, which will offer new opportunities for brass musicians in and around the capital.
The Edinburgh Brass Band will hold it's first rehearsal on Friday 13th April at St. John's Church Hall, Princes Street between 7-9pm. The band is non-auditioning and is looking to welcome brass players of all ages and abilities who want to play music in a fun and sociable atmosphere without the pressure of contesting. As is brass band tradition, the rehearsals will undoubtedly finish with a pint in the local pub and a chance for new members to get to know one another.
Band president Thomas Henderson says: 'Edinburgh has had a proud history of brass music, which can be seen in the number and quality of bands surrounding Edinburgh. Our aim in setting up Edinburgh Brass Band was not to compete with these bands, but to offer brass players another opportunity to get together and play music in a sociable environment right in the heart of the city.'
Edinburgh has always had a strong brass band tradition, but currently no band exists in the city centre. Most rehearse outside Edinburgh and brass players who live and work in the centre of the city often have to travel some distance to get to a practice. Many of the Edinburgh Brass Band committee play in local bands, ranging from championship to non-contesting, but realised that there was a space and a desire for a band in the centre as well.
Edinburgh Brass follows in the footsteps of the now defunct City of Edinburgh Band, which was established in 1925. The band was heavily involved with the local community as well as competing in brass band contests and became Scottish Champions in 1930. It was active for more than 55 years before disbanding and donating it's remaining instruments to the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Instruments.
Edinburgh Brass Band will be conducted by Mark Bell who also plays trombone for championship section band Broxburn and Livingston.