Along with the release of a CD, Usk Youth Brass Band are riding high after a recent win at the Gloucestershire Brass Band Association Contest at Coleford. The Band played the March, Star Lake and a test piece called Divertomento by the well-known composer Eric Ball. Solos were performed by Maya Burchell-Haslett on cornet and Lauren Jones on euphonium, and Lauren was awarded the best soloist award for the entire section.

Band member Simon Haslett said: ‘The Band has retained the title it won last year, which means we have really reached an excellent level of consistency and now have a good depth of players. ’ The band’s CD, Now in Session, is available from Lindwall’s newsagents and from the website: