Young Scots are Freaking' Awesome...

The players of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland keep their spirits up with their player led initiative...

  Members of the band have got together to make the social media recording

The young musicians of the National Youth Band of Scotland (NYBBS) who were disappointed that their Easter residential brass course had to be cancelled because of the Coronavirus outbreak have managed to play together as a band after all.


Abandonment of the (NYBBS) Easter course at Strathallan School in Perth, left the hopeful attendees feeling bewildered and at a loss, but determined to do something about it.

"We were all gutted to hear the news that the Easter course had to be cancelled due to the current Coronavirus circumstances,"Carole Ednie, a baritone player with Glasgow-based the cooperation band.

Working together

However, working with solo horn player Amy Paterson, a member of Black Dyke Band as well as other friends, she set about organising a virtual NYBBS Band so that they could continue making music together.

The result is an online performance of a piece of music called 'Freakin' Awesome' which can be seen on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/carole.edniie/videos/2972086196181620/

thanks to everyone who took part in the video with a special mention to the NYBBS tutors and special guests who also took partCarole Ednie


"I would like to thank euphonium virtuoso Scott Kerr for allowing us to use his arrangement of this music,"Carole added. "And thanks to everyone who took part in the video with a special mention to the NYBBS tutors and special guests who also took part.

Finally, big thanks also go to Ryan Bradley for his wonderful talent in editing all the individual performances into a single fantastic finished product. We hope you enjoy listening and please feel free to like and share. Stay safe!"

Become a supporter and help make our future secure.

4barsrest continues to be a proudly independent voice. There are no paywalls to overcome to be able to enjoy what we do to keep our journalism at the heart of the brass banding world. Support us with a one-off donation or subscribe from just £2.50 per month.

Support us    

Ray Farr Flugels

10th anniversary sees two additions to Ray Farr Flugels

December 1 • Two new traditional models are added to the Ray Farr Flugel range to celebrate the company's 10th anniversary.


4BR Quiz: First day of Festive Fun

December 1 • You can get your hands on four great CDs from Brighouse & Rastrick, Cory, Grimethorpe and Tredegar if you can get your thinking caps on...


The sound of the Robin on Radio 3

December 1 • The sweet euphonium sound of Liz Lane's 'Robin, Robin' was heard on Radio 3 recently, played by Steven Mead and Brighouse & Rastrick Band.

Midlands Core

New venue for Midlands Area contest

November 30 • The Midlands Regional Championships will take place in a brand new venue in 2022

Regent Hall Concerts - The Band of the Grenadiers Guards

Friday 3 December • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London WC1 2 DJ


Saturday 4 December • St Andrew's Methodist Church . The Stow. Harlow CM20 3AF

VBS Poynton Brass Band - Christmas Concert

Sunday 5 December • Poynton Civic Centre SK12 1RB

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Greenwich Brass Band

Sunday 5 December • St Alfege Church. Greenwich Church St. London SE10 9BJ

Glossop Old Band - Besses o'th' Barn Band.

Sunday 5 December • Glossop Band Club, Derby Street, Glossop. SK13 8LP

Glossop Old Band

December 1 • GLOSSOP OLD BAND, 1st Section Midlands Area, are looking to recruit the following players with immediate effect. One experienced Front Row Cornet player, position negotiable. (Principal seat available to right applicant), Solo Trombone and Solo Baritone.

Staines Brass

November 30 • Staines Brass 1st Section are looking for , Solo Euphonium player to join our ranks. Our rehearsal nights are Thursday 8pm and we are based The Lammas Park, Staines, TW18 4XZ

The Marple Band

November 29 • Want a change of scene. We're a friendly group of 1st Section musicians who are looking for a Bb Bass player, variety of cornets(depending on experience), 2nd Horn, 2nd Trombone and kit percussion. We are currently preparing for NW Regionals.

Lt Col David Barringer MBE

BMus (Hons)
Conductor and adjudicator


 © 2021 4barsrest.com Ltd