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North Ayrshire Band
The band was formed in 1975 as the North Ayrshire Schools Band and have in the last two years expanded their horizons to include a number of former pupils. They run 3 sections - the senior band who meet in Garnock Academy, Kilbirnie on Tuesday evenings, and the schools and beginners sections who rehearse in Largs Academy on Saturday mornings.
Over the years the band have taken part in a wide range of musical activities. They have toured Europe on no fewer than 6 occasions and given concerts in Koblenz, Wiesbaden Freiburg and Zurich.
Nearer home they have played at a wide range of venues and events. They have played on television and BBC Radio's "Musical Youth" programme. An unusual engagement was to play at the launching of a ship at the Ailsa ship-yard in Troon. A day at the National Garden Festival in Glasgow in 1988 involved several concerts and a radio appearance. The band gave the premiere performance of Ronald Stevenson's "Salute to Nelson Mandela" as part of Glasgow's year as 'European City of Culture' in 1990. In 1994 they played on the stage of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 'Doors Open' day. Their annual concert is an opportunity to present a variety of music along with invited guest soloists.
North Ayrshire Band has taken part in many competitions. They have been Scottish youth band champions three times and twice represented Scotland at the British youth band finals in the Royal Albert Hall in London, being placed fourth in 1982. In 1994, the band entered the senior section of the Scottish Brass Band Championships and won the fourth section.