FOR more than two years, members of Johnstone Band were unable to perform for their beloved audiences – now the Renfrewshire organisation is preparing to strike up with a free evening of music making.

Johnstone Band’s summer serenade will see the high-flying brass band, conducted by Mark Good, perform a concert in Johnstone Castle Community Learning Centre, Pine Crescent, today at 7.30pm.

On the programme will be a diverse range of repertoire including pop tunes, songs from the musicals and original music for brass band. Also starring will be several of the band’s soloists as they take centre stage.

Looking ahead to the evening, musical director Mark Good said: “After the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been a wonderful feeling to get back into the bandroom with Johnstone Band to make music together.

“Performing to an audience is what it’s all about and we can’t wait to take to the stage in Johnstone Castle Community Learning Centre for what promises to be an exciting evening of music making – and best of all, it’s absolutely free.”

Johnstone Band’s summer serenade comes after the Renfrewshire organisation secured its status in the elite level of brass banding after retaining its position in the Championship Section at the Scottish Championships in Perth in March.

Now all eyes are on the concert tonight, after which Johnstone Band members will enjoy a short break before looking forward to a busy second half of 2022, with a string of contests and concerts in the pipeline.

June Deans, chairperson of Johnstone Band, commented: “Everyone in the band has been enjoying getting together for rehearsals. We’re looking forward to performing live in concert again in Johnstone.”

Johnstone Band’s summer serenade takes place in Johnstone Castle Community Learning Centre, Pine Crescent, today at 7.30pm. Entry is free and all are welcome.

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