The North West Youth Brass Band (NWYBB) will be launched in September 2014 “to provide inspirational support and unique opportunities for exceptionally gifted young brass and percussion instrumentalists in order to support their personal aspirations and, to nurture the next generation of high quality professional musicians”. (Mission Statement). Applicants wishing to join this exciting new youth band will need to be at least equivalent to Grade 5 and, between the ages of 11 and 21. Auditions will take place on Sunday 14th September at Blackpool Music Centre, Cherry Tree Road, Blackpool, FY4 4PH. Information about the North West Youth Brass Band, auditions and rehearsals can be found on www.leylandband.co.uk or www.blackpoolmusicservice.co.uk or by contacting Andrew White on 07973 727881 or Iain McKnight on 07929 857475. Facebook: www.facebook.com/NWYouthBrassBand Twitter: @NWYouthBand Key partners in this venture:
Leyland Band has been one of the most successful brass bands in the world for the last thirty-five years. Their commitment to musical education should also be applauded and this new partnership will allow them to extend this existing provision.
‘This initiative will endorse Leyland Band’s commitment to the education of young brass players and provides an exciting development to the work of our band. We see ourselves as being at the heart of quality music making in the North West and it gives me huge pride to be able to lend the support of our talented tutors to this exciting new band.’ (Iain McKnight, Chairman)
Blackpool Music Education Hub The Hub’s Lead Organisation, Blackpool Music Service (BMS) have weekly rehearsals for their existing popular Senior and Intermediate Brass Bands and Youth Concert Bands.
‘This partnership will allow talented and gifted brass and percussion instrumentalists extensive opportunities to perform existing and new music in prestigious venues, to be taught by inspirational musicians and to fully appreciate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to become a successful musician. This initiative will also launch the Blackpool Brass Band Academy’. Andrew White (Music Adviser)
National Association of Brass Band Conductors The NABBC has supported young conductors for many decades including numerous master classes in 2103/14. ‘If successful brass band conductors are to continue to come from our existing brass players it is essential that support is extended beyond its present provision. Consequently we will be happy to provide experienced conductors, composers and consultants who will offer their wealth knowledge from various musical genres’. (Andrew White, Chairman) Yamaha have successfully supported both the Leyland Band and the NABBC in the recent past and their support in this initiative will be very much appreciated.
‘We are delighted to extend our support to Leyland Band and NABBC in this new project. We look forward to working closely with the band, BMS and NABBC to help develop the opportunities on offer to young brass musicians in the North West.’ (Stephen Adcock, Product Manager – Band and Orchestral, Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK))