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Team Co-op Leads the Way at Besson Contest

Players from the Co-operative Funeralcare Band enjoyed much success at the recent Scottish Solo and Ensemble Championships sponsored by Besson.

The band’s exciting new principal euphonium Chris Flynnwon in the intermediate solo category for the second timeafter wowing judges David Childs and Dávur Magnussen with a superb rendition of Philip Sparke’s Pantomime. Band chairman Chris Davies said ‘Chris continues to amaze us all with his superb playing. We are truly lucky to have such a fine young musician in our band.’

Sarah Knight, who recently left the band to focus on her studies, also enjoyed success, winning in the youth solos category with her performance of Slavische Fantasie. The band wishes to extend its congratulations to Sarah for her well-deserved victory.

The band’s trombone section of Paul Kiernan, Mark Haldane and Jim Bone were joined by Ray Gault from Kirkintilloch Kelvin to take on the challenge of retaining their Scottish quartet title. Playing Age of Chivalry by Denis Wright they were delighted to win and retain the open ensemble title by 4 clear points.

Paul Kiernan told us, “It was a pleasure to spend time working on Age of Chivalry again, I thoroughly enjoyed the lyrical playing in the slower section. I’d also like to thank Ray for agreeing to join us again and helping us bring the trophy back for a 2nd year.”

Chris Davies added, “the band is very proud of its trombone section, it is undoubtedly amongst the best in the business and rightfully deserve the title. Next year I plan to encourage other sections in the band to get together and stop them getting their hat trick!”

Scotland’s most successful band is now looking forward to a full weekend with Michael Fowles working on Jimmy Hayes’ new CD.

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