Newmilns and Galston Brass Band

The Newmilns and Galston Brass Band are one of the longest running brass bands in Scotland, with over 170 years of history attached. Ayrshire is proud and famous for its musical history and the band continue to deliver entertainment and excitement at their events.
Currently graded in the First Section of the National Championships, the band performs locally & nationally, as well as competing regularly in contests, maintaining a long musical tradition within the Irvine Valley.
In the wonderful acoustic setting of the South Parish Church, the band played a selection of their favourite tunes and, in a fond homage to the Festival Film, Brassed Off, screened on the first day of the festival, they performed selected tunes from the film.

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Here are a number of tunes the band performed.

This clip, filmed from the balcony, gives a bird’s eye view of the band as they filled the church with music.

A fantastic finale concert for this year’s festival the town’s South Parish Church saw a brass band at the very top of their game. The band are going from strength to strength and recently gained a brilliant 3rd place in the UK Championships for Brass Bands. In this closing concert, the lively arrangements and beautiful playing of well-known tunes were skilfully delivered to an enthusiastic audience. This year’s festival had opened with a screening of Mark Herman’s film ‘Brassed Off’, and it was fitting that the band played a selection of pieces from the film at the closing concert. In addition, we were entertained by brass arrangements of Rodrigo’s Concerto; the theme from Rocky; Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline; Danny Boy and Rossini’s William Tell Overture.

William Allan McMillan

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