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Young West Lothian musicians strike winning note

Young West Lothian musicians enjoyed great success at a regional event of the Scottish Concert Band Festival.

Ten West Lothian Bands participated in the regional event of the Scottish Concert Band Festival at Inveralmond Community High School on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December 2017 - the highest number of entries from any local authority for the second year running.

West Lothian Schools Wind Ensemble produced a stunning performance in the Advanced Youth Band Class receiving a platinum award for the second year in a row. Platinum awards are rarely awarded as they demand the very highest standards in all aspects of performance.

In the Achieving School Band Class, The James Young High School Wind Band were awarded gold plus, with Deans Community High School Wind Band, Linlithgow Academy Concert Band and West Calder High School Senior Concert Band awarded silver plus.

There was a gold award for St Margaret's Brass Ensemble and silver plus for Deans Cluster Brass Ensemble in the Brass Ensemble Class.

In the Development Section, West Lothian Schools Junior Concert Band achieved a gold award with silver plus awards going to Whitburn Academy Wind Band and West Calder High School Junior Concert Band.

Executive councillor for education David Dodds said: "Congratulations to all of our young musicians who took part. To have ten bands taking part and competing well is a clear demonstration of the amazing talent we have here in West Lothian and they deserve this success because of the dedication they have shown to their music. All involved should be proud of their achievements and we wish them all the best for the national finals."

All ten ensembles will participate in the national finals in Perth, March 2018.