Loud n Proud started 15 years ago as a marching band. We were invited to play at the Wickerman Festival and following the success of this formed a rock orchestra, which has now evolved in to the School of Rock. The School of Rock has been running for 12 years and is at the forefront of youth music in Scotland. Two of our drummers have won the title of Britain's Young Drummer of the Year and many of our bands have won UK National Championships.
We began in a small garage and now have a bespoke studio and shop on Paisley High Street, and a rehearsal and recording studio in Renfrew. We hope to replicate this all over Scotland in the future.
In 2016 we organised the successful third year of Paisley Music Week. This event had risen out of the ashes of the Two Rivers Festival and saw over 100 acts play in Paisley throughout the week. These events were all free, local and accessible to all. The one day busking festival as part of Paisley Music Week fills Paisley Town Centre with music.
I think what has made Paisley a great place is the history behind it, and the growth of the Paisley Pattern. Like many places across the country, Paisley has faced challenges, and although it has suffered in the past, Paisley is coming back and is more vibrant than it has been in a long time.
The push for 2021 has been a massive incentive for people in the town, and Loud n Proud has helped through promoting music and culture, alongside other groups and organisations. We are proving the point that creative arts do make a difference.
Right now every weekend if you walk around the town centre, from Gilmour Street to the High Street and Causeyside Street, there will be around 7 or 8 venues playing live music. In the coming years we would like to double that, ensuring there is a wide spread of genres to attract visitors and also to make local people proud of their town.
In 2021 we would like every child in Renfrewshire to have the opportunity and access to play an instrument and play in a band. We want Paisley to be known as a Music Town.
Find out more about LoudnProud here.