Tribute concert for Peebles musician Dan

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Five of the finest local bands are to present a tribute concert to Peebles music man Daniel T. Ward, who passed away at the end of 2012.

Peebles Burgh Silver Band will close the concert, which takes place in the town’s Eastgate Theatre on Friday, May 16, at 7.30pm.

The band is especially proud of its growing youth bands, the creation of which owes much to Dan.

Dan, born 1938 in Peebles, wore many hats – plasterer, soldier, school teacher, artist, rugby player and coach, raconteur and, most importantly, a talented musician with strong connections to each of the bands. The 20-strong Borders Big Band will open the concert and perform a repertoire that includes tracks by Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman.

Dan’s long involvement in teaching young players will be represented by Peebles Development Band and Junior Band, and the confidence oozing from these players is Dan’s continuing legacy.

ICC Saxophone Ensemble is a 14-piece band who perform light classics on the whole range of saxophones, from sopranino to bass.

Formed by Dan, Peebles Concert Band will play selections from musicals, polkas, classics and modern popular arrangements.

All profits from this concert go to the Margaret Kerr Unit at Borders General Hospital.

Tickets cost £8, and £4 for schoolchildren, and are available from the Eastgate Theatre. Book now as tickets are selling quickly.