Despite a Covid-19 delay that meant that their 125th year anniversary celebrations were put on hold for twelve months, Forfar Instrumental Band has ensured that they were well worth waiting for.
They have done just with a brand-new commission from composer Alan Fernie entitled, 'The Lion of Strathmore', which the band worked on during a recent full-day workshop followed by a free concert for the local community.
The band was aided by friends from Dundee Instrumental Band and the day flew by thanks to Alan's wonderful music and sense of humour.
The concert was also a great success and also featured two new player awards. The Terry Jackson Memorial Award was presented to euphonium player Jane Crompton, whilst the Bruce Dorward Award as the 'Most Improved Player' went to percussionist Angus Crompton.
There was also a wonderful surprise presentation to baritone player Bruce Dorward (above).
He was presented with a Scottish Brass Band Association (SBBA) honorary 'Life Membership' award in recognition of 50 years of dedicated brass band service. He was presented with a commemorative quaich by Jim Wishart on behalf of SBBA.