School band award

A SCHOOL wind band from Motherwell which struck gold at the National Concert Band Festival has been awarded the Lanarkshire Youth Musical Award for 2007 by Supercounty.

Our Lady's High School Wind Band has 55 pupils, mainly S4-S6, who are very committed and eagerly attend practice under the conductorship of James Woods.

Linda McDowall, Supercounty Director, Depute Lord Lieutenant and Senior Director of Scottish Enterprise, said: "The band decided after having made many appearances at school and community events to enter the National Concert Band Festival.

"They received very favourable comments in the regional stage at Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and topped that by being awarded Gold Status at the prestigious Gateshead Festival which attracted in excess of 120 bands and more than 5000 participants.

"The Motherwell band - along with the band from Claremont High School in East Kilbride - impressed the adjudicators with both their accuracy and interpretation where the award criteria was exceptionally difficult.

"It's a wonderful achievement not only for the pupils, the tutors and their schools - but also for Lanarkshire, proving once again that it is a Supercounty!"

Head teacher Bernard Love said: "We were delighted to learn of the award - and to see the young people in the band receive recognition within Lanarkshire for their own tremendous achievement.

"The band received acclaim in earlier heats and although we knew the band was a tremendously strong one, it was beyond our wildest expectations that we would get a Gold Status in such a national showcase."

The presentation took place at the Champions' and Young Person's Awards ceremony, organised by Supercounty and co-sponsored by South Lanarkshire Council Community Safety Partnership Wellbeing Initiative and Airdrie Savings Bank.

Supercounty chairman Ian Livingstone said: "This is a very special occasion in the Lanarkshire calendar - when we salute Lanarkshire's talented young people by paying tribute to our people and our communities. "