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Abbey Brass Award Certificates:  

The JIB Committee has commissioned the preparation of Practical Performance Tests at Grades 1 to 3 for brass and percussion instruments. These involve performing 3 pieces, chosen from a set list or taken from band repertoire; playing prescribed scales and their arpeggios and sight reading. The format of these tests mirrors Associated Board requirements for theses grades and the marking criteria employed emulates current SQA standards.  Junior players may chose when they wish to be assessed. Further details are available from Fiona Neary.


The 1st February saw the annual Scottish Solo and ensemble championships happen in the howden park centre in Livingston.
Some phenomenal young brass players showed up from all over scotland to show adjudicators Hedly Benson and Nigel Dunlow what they could do.

Having qualified 2 weeks before  Abbey Brass 1 (Gavin Ross, Rosie Holley, Cara Neary and Amy Thomson) -  Jedforest (Gavin Ross, Paul Domingo, Amy Thomson and James Ross) and Our own Under 16's champion James Ross made the trip. In the Under 16 category up against some of the best youngsters in the country

Abbey Brass 1 and James put on great performances and came away with Bronze awards.

In the 21 and under category Jedforest were against some much older performers but still managed to hold there own putting on a great show ending up in 3rd place.

This highlighted a great start for our youngsters and one that we should all (including them be very proud off) Here's to it continuing through 2014


Abbey Brass had a great turn out on the 18th January for what is only the 2nd Borders youth day to be ran by the SBBBA this year held in the Hawick Teviot church.
In the morning for the solo and ensemble contest brought lots of youngsters from all over the Borders to compete for the top 3 places that would qualify them for the Scottish solo and ensemble championships to be held two weeks later in livingston. We had 3 ensembles entered firstly in the Under 16's section
 
Abbey Brass 1 (Gavin Ross, Rosie Holley, Cara Neary and Amy Thomson) were 1st
Abbey Brass 2 (Paul Domingo, Rosie Holley, Andrew Martin and Naomi Henderson) were 2nd
 
and in the Youth section (Under 21's)
 
Jedforest (Gavin Ross, Paul Domingo, Amy Thomson and James Ross) were 1st
 
in the junior solos we had
Cara Neary - silver
 
In the Intermediate solos we had
Gavin Ross - silver
Amy Thomson - Silver
Naomi Henderson - Bronze
James Ross - Gold and 1st Place overall
 
In the afternoon it was then the turn of the band contest with Abbey Brass going up against the bands in the under 14 category and after a great performance they built on the bronze they got at perth with a Silver award and 3rd Place. A huge congratulations to all the youngsters who took part