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BRASS band lovers are in for a treat when the Borders Festival of Brass sounds off on Saturday.

Concerts and workshops take place at various venues until the third week in October, organised by the Scottish Borders Brass Band Association.

Association chairman Alan Fernie told TheSouthern: “Bands in the Borders work very hard within their local communities and the festival is an excellent example of that. There is a host of events to choose from in this year’s programme.”

The festival will see 10 events organised by each of the member bands and includes several exciting concerts, a long-established solo and quartet competition and a brass and percussion workshop for schoolchildren.

A packed programme gets underway on Saturday with a concert featuring Selkirk Silver Band and its junior band in the town’s Victoria Halls.

Other attractions include Sunday’s brass and percussion workshop for schoolchildren and the Borders Slow Melody contest in Selkirk which showcases some of the best instramentalists in the region.

PROGRAMME

Saturday: Concert with Selkirk Silver Band, Selkirk Victoria Halls, 7.30pm

Sunday: Youth brass and percussion workshops Howdenburn School, Jedburgh, 10am; Open concert, 4pm

September 24: Concert featuring St Ronan’s Silver Band and Future Band, Innerleithen Parish Church. 7.30pm; Cabaret with Hawick Saxhorn Band and the Saxhorn Youth Band. Hawick Town Hall, 7.30pm

Monday September 26: St. Boswells Concert Band, St Boswells Village Hall, 7.30pm

Tuesday September 27: Langholm Junior Band in concert. Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7pm

Friday September 30: Peebles Burgh Silver Band’s Best of British concert. Peebles Burgh Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday October 1: Galashiels Town Band joint concert with Galashiels Ex-Service Pipe Band, Old Parish and St Paul’s Church, 7.30pm

Sunday October 2: Borders Slow Melody contest, Selkirk High School, 11am

Friday October 21: Jedforest Instrumental Band concert also featuring Abbey Brass and youth group, Jedburgh Town Hall, 7.30pm.