Festive concert

Peebles Burgh Silver Band musicians. ' Little Drummer Boy'.
Peebles Burgh Silver Band musicians. ' Little Drummer Boy'.

PEEBLES Burgh Silver Band held its annual Christmas Concert in the town’s Burgh Hall earlier this month.

The main band led by Alex Knox was joined by the Junior Band, the Development Band and the choir from Kingsland Primary School for the concert on December 9.

Peebles Burgh Silver Band musicians 'Frosty'

Peebles Burgh Silver Band musicians 'Frosty'

The first part of the concert saw the senior band performing a range of seasonally themed tunes, including Christmas Piece, Christmas Adventure, Christmas Swingalong and Jingle Bells. There was also a drum feature with Little Drummer Boy (or Carol of the Drum), highlighting the talents of Gary Couples, who was appropriately dressed as a little drummer boy.

This item was followed by two songs from the school choir led by Mrs Wallace. This part of the programme ended with the audience joining the band and choir in a rendition of Jingle Bells.

Part two featured the Junior Band led by Daniel T Ward playing a selection of festive tunes, demonstrating their continuing improvement.

Mrs Wallace then led the choir in a further two songs that displayed their range and ability to great effect. The choir is a credit to the school and their tutors.

This was followed the Development Band under the direction of Daniel Williamson who in his short period with them has introduced several changes to their style of play. This includes featuring soloists brother and sister Mikkel and Yasmin Bottcher. Yasmin’s trombone solo was a version of the hymn, Who is He?, with Mikkel following on euphonium with the Robbie Williams hit, She’s the One.

The third part of the concert saw the main band return, marching through the hall playing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, all dressed in various Christmas related costumes. The audience were then entertained by elves, angels, shepherds and sheep, Christmas trees, a star, the Three Wise Men, Christmas puddings, a snowman, Rudolph and the little drummer boy. Even the conductor had morphed into Santa.

The packed hall was then entertained with the song from The Snowman, which regrettably included the band singing at one point! This was followed with a terrific solo by Erin Stevenson on bass trombone. Erin dressed as Frosty the Snowman played Frosty the Snowman.

The audience then played a full part in The 12 Days of Christmas before Gerry Kelly gave a vote of thanks and the concert ended with the 70’s hit from Slade, Merry Christmas Everybody.

A huge thank you to all who contributed to the evening whether you were in the audience, selling tickets, setting-up or selling refreshments.

Cliff Balson