Scottish Open champion Whitburn is taking an inventive 'concert' approach to enable them to celebrate their 150th anniversary alongside the world renowned trumpet player Mike Lovatt.
Formed in 1870, the 20 time Scottish Champion's plans were dramatically changed by the Coronavirus pandemic, but with a true sense of Scottish inventiveness they will now hold a virtual concert event on Saturday, 27th June (7.30pm).
Members of the band have each recorded their parts to eight pieces of music — including two with Mike for the broadcast which can be enjoyed on their YouTube channel.
The event will also help raise money for the West Lothian Foodbank, who are providing much needed help to the people of Whitburn and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mike needs no introduction to the brass band world — having gained global acclaim as one of the finest lead trumpet players in the world. His performances, from the latest film blockbusters to his remarkable features with the John Wilson Orchestra have brought him a legion of fans.
Mike Lovatt has been a star in every sense as our guest soloist. He is a joy to work withWhitburn Band
Looking forward to the event, Whitburn Chairman, Charlie Farren told 4BR: "We're understandably delighted to have the opportunity to perform our 150th anniversary concert despite the difficulties everyone is having just now.
The band has worked hard to record all their parts individually and everything will be brought together by the technical skills of our percussionist Ryan Bradley.
Mike Lovatt has been a star in every sense as our guest soloist. He is a joy to work with. We are all looking forward to seeing and hearing the final product, and it's great that we can give a little bit back to our community by raising money for the West Lothian Foodbank."
You can donate money to the foodbank project at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/whitburn-band