TALENTED performers from a local youth band recently joined forces with the best of the country’s young musicians.

Thirteen members of the Riverside Youth Band were among the 170 strong young people who spent an intensive week at the National Youth Brass Bands of Scotland.

They rehearsed under renowned conductors and performers at Strathallan School in Perthshire during the course, organised by the Scottish Brass Band Association.

The experience was extra special for some of the members who gained principal positions, with Fraser McLachlan on flugelhorn and Siobhan Crumlish on baritone in the reserve band, while Angus Paton was principal cornet of the children’s band.

Members rehearsed for hours each day and there were tutors from bands including Black Dyke, Grimethorpe Colliery and Cory.

As well as rehearsing there was time for members to let their hair down and take part in a ceilidh, talent show and solo concert.

The week included a performance at the Ross Bandstands in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens as well as sold out concerts at Strathallan and the Albert Halls in Stirling.

Trombone player Rachel O’Connor and bass trombone player Mark Gammon were attending their first NYBBS course and are already looking forward to returning.

Rachel, from Inverclyde Academy, said: “It was brilliant, much better than I ever expected it to be.

“I loved sectional rehearsals because it was really focused and we were able to learn so much before putting it all together in the full band.

"I have become a much more confident player and I can’t wait to return next year.”

Mark, from Port Glasgow High School said: “We learned from some of the best tutors and conductors and played really hard, fantastic pieces. I can’t wait to go back.”

Notre Dame pupil Fraser McLachlan said: “I enjoyed every minute, especially when I played the solo parts in Lake of the Moon and Firefly at the final concert."

The musical director of Riverside Youth Band, Mark Good, was delighted so many members attended the course.

He said: “They have all come on leaps and bounds, developing their technique and musicianship.

“Most of all, they have gained in confidence and formed friendships with others which will last a lifetime."

Riverside Youth Band is looking for new players to join, regardless of ability or experience.

Rehearsals take place on Friday afternoons and instruments are available.

For more information contact Duncan Galbraith on 07974106888 or email chairman@riversideyouthband.co.uk