Music for any age...

The Dysart Colliery Silver Band hope to add to their team, which includes 93-year-old Willie Smith (pictured centre), with a new youth band in 2013.
The Dysart Colliery Silver Band hope to add to their team, which includes 93-year-old Willie Smith (pictured centre), with a new youth band in 2013.

Do you have what it takes to be a muscial maestro?

Then a local band wants you as part of its team.

The Dysart Colliery Silver Band is looking for members to join its new youth band, which organisers hope to start in the new year.

It is one of the oldest bands in Scotland, having been formed as the Dysart Town Band nearly 133 years ago.

Nowadays, it is still bringing music to the masses, playing several concerts a year, including the Christmas concert, due to take place on December 19.

Renia Janas, vice chairman, said: “Our concert this year is a joint venture with the Dysart Regeneration Forum, and hopefully it will help to raise both our profiles and the profile of Dysart itself.

“We’re also hoping to attract people for our new youth band.

“We are looking for people in Dysart and the wider Kirkcaldy area to join and to play a variety of brass instruments, as well as percussion.”

Instuments on offer include the cornet, horn and trombone.

And those interested need not worry if they have never touched a musical instrument before.

Renia, who is an Eb Bass player herself, said: “You don’t have to have played before. I had never played before in my life when I joined the band five years ago and now I have got a solo in the Christmas concert!”

She added: “It doesn’t need to be kids joining the youth band either, it can be any age.

“Even if someone fancies taking this up in their retirement, the training is provided, the instruments are provided and the uniforms are provided.”

And to prove the point that age is just a number when it comes to this band, the oldest member is 93, while the youngest is just 14.

Renia said: “We have quite the little team and it’s kind of like we’re all in it together.

“It’s really tremendous fun - there’s a sense of community, of belonging to something. And it’s enormously confidence building as well.”

And interested members can look forward to the direction of acclaimed conductor Bruce Fraser, who is known internationally as a conductor, composer and adjudicator.

Renia added: “He’s been here for about a year and a half and there has been such a massive improvement in the band.”

For more information about the band, which meets every Wednesday in Dysart Community Hall at 7.15p.m., visit www.dysartcollieryband.org.uk