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Below is a list of organisations which may be able to offer financial assistance for players attending the 2015 NYBBS course. The information is designed to inform only; the Scottish Brass Band Association (SBBA) does not take responsiblity for the content of external websites.

Asda Foundation - helps our stores, depots and home offices support local charities and good causes that form the backbone of their local communities. Check out what we fund and then contact your local store. www.asdafoundation.org

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust - awards grants to UK registered charities for projects undertaken in the UK. 2014 priorities - Music and the Arts and the Elderly. Priority will be given to projects that are educational and/or aimed at audiences that would not normally have access to productions/exhibitions. 2015 priorities Community and Medical - research and non-research. 2016 priorities - Children and Young People.
Grants limited to £3000. www.austin-hope-pilkington.org.uk

Awards for All - is a Lottery grants scheme funding small, community-based projects in the UK. We award grants between £500 and £10,000. We fund projects that improve opportunities for people to take part in arts, sports and community activities and can fund a wide range of organisations. www.awards-for-all.org.uk/scotland

Bank of Scotland Foundation - is an independent charity supporting people and their communities across Scotland. We receive an annual donation of £2m from Lloyds Banking Group to fund our Grants Programmes and Match Giving Programme Small Grants - between £1000 and £10,000 for charities registered in Scotland Medium Grants - between £10,001 and £25,000 to develop and improve local communities and to support financial literacy and financial inclusion. www.bankofscotlandfoundation.org

Barcapel Foundation - has 3 particular priorities for funding : Health, Heritage and Youth and provides financial assistance mainly to charities in Scotland. Our maximum grant is around £100,000 and we are especially keen to hear from charities who require finance to get new initiatives and endeavours started. www.barcapelfoundation.org

BBC Children in Need - provides grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. Small grants are for any amount up to £10000 a year and main grants are for over £10,000 per year for up to 3 years. www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey/grants

Big Lottery Fund - give out millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes. Our money goes to community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment. We fund public, private and third sector (voluntary) organisations. We deliver funding throughout the UK, mostly through programmes tailored specifically to the needs of communities in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland as well as some programmes that cover the whole UK. www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/scotland

Binks Trust - offers support for a range of charitable activities to charities and community groups. It is based in Edinburgh at 31 Dublin Street EH3 6NL but has no dedicated website.

Birnie Trust Sports Foundation - offers financial support to young people aged 13 to 18 in Scotland who have shown dedication, determination and promise in their chosen sport yet find it difficult to improve and compete given certain financial constraints. The Trust funds top junior level performers or extremely talented and promising youngsters from the ‘minority' sports. Excludes football, cricket, rugby, golf and tennis. Email: enquiries@theBirnieTrust.co.uk

Carnegie Dunfermline Trust - has a restricted geographic area covering only Dunfermline and its environs. Applicants must be based in or intending to use the funds for the benefit of this area. This can include sports clubs and schools, voluntary sector organisations, clubs and societies and environmental and community development. www.andrewcarnegie.co.uk

Cash4Clubs - offers all sports clubs in the UK the chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coaching qualifications and generally invest in the sustainability of their club. There are 4 tiers of grants at £250, £500, £750 and £1000. Any sports club can apply as long as they are registered with their sports National Governing Body or local authority. www.cash-4-clubs.com

Charles Hayward Foundation - predominately funds project and capital expenditure costs for registered charities in the UK under current funding areas of Heritage and Conservation, Social & Criminal Justice, Older People and Overseas. Grants awarded between £15,000 and £25,000. A small grants scheme makes grants up to £7000 to organisations with a turnover of less than £350,000. www.charleshaywardfoundation.org.uk

Coalfields Regeneration Trust - funded by the Scottish Government, we are the leading regeneration organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life in Britain's former mining communities. We are committed to supporting grass roots community activity and offer funding support to groups whose activities benefit our communities. www.coalfields-regen.org.uk

Comic Relief - our UK and international grant making strategy is based on 5 themes: - better futures, healthier finances, safer lives, stronger communities and fairer society and we accept applications from the voluntary and community sector throughout the UK. We also provide smaller, mostly community-based grants in partnership with UK Community Foundations. www.comicrelief.com

Creative Scotland - distributes funding from 2 primary sources, the Scottish Government and the National Lottery to arts, screen and creative industries. During 2014/2015 we are changing the way we distribute our funding. From October 2014, we will provide: regular funding for organisations for at least 3 years; open project funding for individuals and organisations; targeted development funding with specific priorities or shared goals with other agencies. www.creativescotland.com

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation - is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. Our aim is to improve the quality of life throughout the UK. The majority of our funding is in the arts, education and learning, the environment and social change. www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk

Fife Council - offers a number of different grant schemes to help community groups - Culture, Sport, Youth Work, Community Capital Grant and Community Events Grant Schemes etc in addition to locality funding. www.fifedirect.org.uk

Fife Environmental Trust - distributes landfill tax funds as grants to community, environmental and heritage projects in Fife. Maximum threshold for larger grants is £50,000 and small grants scheme (offers 90% funding for projects costing up to £10,000) has been widened to include support for community facilities such as village halls, church halls, sports clubs, activity centres etc. All projects must demonstrate wider public access arrangements. www.fifedirect.org.uk/fet/index.cfm

Foyle Foundation- is an independent grantmaking trust that distributes grants to UK charities. We have main grants schemes in Arts and Learning, the Foyle School Library Scheme and a small grants scheme for charities which have an annual turnover of less than £100,000 per annum offering grants between £1000 and £10000. www.foylefoundation.org.uk

Garfield Weston Foundation - we support a wide range of charitable activity and make grants across the UK to organisations in the following categories: arts, education, youth, community, religion, health, welfare and environment. We have 2 main streams of activity Major Grants £100,000 and above and Regular Grants £1000 - £99,999. www.garfieldweston.org

Gothenburg Trust - invites individuals and organisations to apply for small grants. The Trust aims to help people live more independently, make Rosyth a better place, and to help individuals achieve their goals. No website available. Phone 412860.

Greggs Foundation - our Regional Grants Programme makes small grants of up to £2,000 to help not for profit organisations based in local communities to deliver activities/projects that they wouldn't otherwise be able to. All projects must support a community of interest i.e. people who are voluntary carers, disabled or suffering chronic illness, isolated older people or homeless or living in poverty or other demonstrable significant need. www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/regional-grants/scotland-region

Henry Smith Charity - awards grants to organisations and charities throughout the UK for initiatives and projects that address social inequality and economic disadvantage. Our Main Grants Programme is for grants of £10,000 p.a. or over and can be Capital (one off grants for purchase or refurbishment of a building or specialist equipment) or Revenue (grants of up to 3 years for core costs (including salaries and overheads) or the running costs of a specific projects (including staffing costs). www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk

Heritage Lottery Fund - using money raised through the National Lottery, we give grants to sustain and transform our heritage. Heritage includes many different things from the past that we value and want to pass on to future generations, e.g. people's memories and experiences, histories of people and communities, historic buildings and streets, archaeological sites, collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives, natural and designed landscapes and gardens, natural heritage, including habitats, species and geology. We offer a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3,000 to over £5million www.hlf.org.uk

Hugh Fraser Foundation - provides grants to non-profit organisations for charitable work in the UK, with a preference for Scotland. The Trustees favour smaller, more focused causes rather than large highly-publicised appeals. The Trustees make grants in many different sectors, including medical research and facilities, conservation and environment, disadvantaged and handicapped, education and training, elderly, homeless and hospices, musical theatre and visual arts, religion, youth organisations No website - contact c/o Turcan Connell, Princes Exchange, 1 Earl Grey Street, Edinburgh EH3 9EE Tel 0131 228 8111

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland - distributes funds to registered charities throughout Scotland which are clearly focused on improving the quality of life for people who are disadvantaged or at risk of becoming disadvantaged. We have 3 grants programmes Henry Duncan Awards, Partnership Drugs Initiative and Capacity Building Support. www.ltsbfoundationforscotland.org.uk

MacRobert Trust - gives grants of between £5000 and £25000 to charities across the UK but with a preference for Scotland. We work under 6 themes: Services and Sea, Education and Training, Children and Youth, Science Engineering and Technology, Agriculture and Horticulture and Tarland and the Local Area. www.themacroberttrust.org.uk

Mary Leishman Foundation - offers donations to mostly local (Fife) individuals, organisations and charities which meet the foundations aims of encouraging potential and easing distress. www.maryleishmanfoundation.com
Mickel Fund - funds mostly local Scottish charities as well as eligible individuals through its Hardship Donation Scheme. We consider applications for funding from charities dealing with - age concern, animal welfare, cancer care, cancer research, children & youth support, education/outreach, hospices, housing and homelessness, injuries, medical assistance, music/culture, medical research, veterans and world wide appeal based projects. www.mickelfund.org.uk

Moffat Charitable Trust - we provide financial support to registered charities throughout Scotland, with preference given to organisations in Ayrshire and the West of Scotland. Grants can take the form of core funding (including salaries and running costs) and project grants. Currently the major categories for support are: care, children/young people, community, education/training and sport/art. www.moffattrust.org.uk

National Lottery funding - for every £1 that the public spends on Lottery tickets 28 pence goes to the Lottery good causes. These are the arts, charities and voluntary groups, heritage, health, education, the environment and sports. Lottery funders (Awards for All, Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland, sportscotland) are the organisations that distribute the good causes money to local communities and national projects. www.biglotteryfund.org.uk

Paul Hamlyn Foundation - is one of the larger independent grant-making foundations in the UK. We make grants to organisations which aim to maximise opportunities for individuals to experience a full quality of life, both now and in the future. In particular we are concerned with children and young people and others who are disadvantaged. www.phf.org.uk

People's Health Trust - we support the distribution of good causes money raised by 51 society lotteries under the Health Lottery brand. We fund projects across England, Scotland and Wales but the programme opens in different places at different times. You can only make an application if the programme is open in your area. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

People's Postcode Trust - receives all of its funding from the players of People's Postcode Lottery - 45p from every £2 ticket goes to charity. We are a grant giving charitable trust awarding funding to good causes that support a better world for people and planet. We distribute funds to community and voluntary groups, registered charities, community interest companies and other not for profit organisations through our two funding streams - small grants and Dream Fund. www.postcodetrust.org.uk

Peter Harrison Foundation - accepts applications from registered charities throughout the UK to support sporting activities or projects which provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and to develop other personal and life skills. Grants will often be "one off" grants for capital projects. www.peterharrisonfoundation.org

Pilgrim Trust - we give grants to charitable organisations operating in the heritage and social welfare arenas in Britain. Our Preservation and Scholorship programme places emphasis on projects that seek to conserve historic buildings, monuments and collections and our Social Welfare programme concentrates on projects that seek to divert women from prison and prevent re-offending and provide alternatives to custody. www.thepilgrimtrust.org.uk

Rank Foundation -we concentrate on encouraging and developing leadership amongst young people, supporting disadvantaged young people and those isolated in the community through ill health, advancing age or disability and promoting the understanding of the values, traditions and practices of the Christian faith from a perspective that respects those of all faiths and those of none. Our Small Appeals is a funding stream for registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for projects which are costed at under £1m. Grants will not exceed £7.5k. www.rankfoundation.com

Robertson Trust - is an independent Trust which provides financial support to Scottish charities. Our main priority areas - Care, Health, Education & Training and Community Arts, Community Sport, Alcohol Misuse and Criminal justice. The Trustees have identified further categories for support which are: the preservation of the environment; the strengthening of local communities; heritage, culture and science; animal welfare and the saving of lives. www.therobertsontrust.org.uk

RS Macdonald Charitable Trust - makes awards to Scottish charities under following categories: Neurological Conditions, Visual Impairment, Child Welfare and Animal Welfare. Small grants, under 10k are considered at any time, main grants over £10k are decided twice a year. www.rsmacdonald.com
Russell Trust - (Tullis Russell - Papermakers) support a broad range of local charities and educational institutions. They have no dedicated website but can be contacted through Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Tullis Russell, Markinch, Glenrothes KY7 6PB

Santander Foundation - has 3 grants programmes to help disadvantaged people in the UK : Community Plus provides grants up to £5k and is open to small local UK charities or local projects of national charities with funding available to cover salaries, equipment or materials and Learn and Grow offers grants up to £10k to fund activities which help disadvantaged people to improve skills, build confidence or employability. Money Skills offers grants of up to £10k to charities and credit unions who want to help disadvantaged people to understand and manage their money. www.santanderfoundation.org.uk

SportsAid Scotland - is a charity which provides financial assistance in the form of grant awards to talented sporting youngsters in the 12 to 22 year age range and to disability athletes to age 45, who are already competing at national level in their age group and have the potential to represent Scotland at senior level. The finance given is to help the athletes with their travel and training costs. Nominees must be identified and nominated by their National Governing Body of Sport's official representatives, based on their talent, their sporting potential and their financial need. www.sportsaidscotland.org.uk

Shell UK Community Awards Charitable Fund - Shell is a major employer in scotland and we are keen to support charities and community groups in the areas that their staff live and work. Through our partnership with Foundation Scotland (see below), the fund will support registered charities in Fife with a focus on education. Apply via Express Grants programme. www.foundationscotland.org.uk/programmes/shell-uk.aspx

Stafford Trust - awards grants mostly between £500 and £5000 to UK charities, with preference for Scotland, under categories: Children and Youth, Medical Research, Animal Welfare, HM Services Personnel, Sea Rescue, Local Community Projects, Overseas Appeals and Adult Welfare. www.staffordtrust.org.uk

Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme provides one-off donations of between £500 and £2500 to registered charities and not for profit organisations who are working on local projects that directly benefit health, sustainability or opportunities for young people in the local communities around our stores. www.tescoplc.co./tescocharitytrust

Torch Trophy Trust - is a charitable organisation, whose main aims are to reward volunteers in sport and recreation and to recognise and support their endeavours. We offer bursaries (grants) of up to £1000 to individuals or groups wishing to undertake training to enhance their knowledge or improve their coaching skills to assist their club, organisation or community to develop their chosen sport. www.torchtrophytrust.org

True Colours Trust - we focus on the major barriers and challenges experienced by families, children and young people with complex disabilities and/or life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. We provide small grants of up to £10000 to help smaller organisations develop and deliver programmes for children, their siblings and families. www.truecolourstrust.org.uk

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation - we give grants to small well-established organisations in the UK who address local issues in areas of economic urban deprivation or in remote and fragile rural communities Within these 2 main headings, we are interested in helping established projects which work in the fields of Community Support; Arts, Education & Heritage; Disability & Health Care. www.trusthousecharitablefoundation.org.uk

Tudor Trust - makes grants to smaller community-led groups which are supporting people at the margins of society, organisations which support positive changes in people's lives and in their communities. We offer core funding, project grants and capital grants and there is no maximum or minimum grant. www.tudortrust.org.uk

Voluntary Action Fund - is a long-established independent grant-making body which invests in voluntary organisations and community groups across Scotland. Through our programmes we provide funding and support to a wide range of local and national organisations to tackle disadvantage, challenge inequalities and build strong, safe communities.www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk

Weir Charitable Trust - we will consider supporting specific services/projects run by Scottish-based community groups and small charities under the following categories: Sport, Recreational facilities, Animal Welfare, Health and Culture. The average grant to date is £3500 but in exceptional circumstances we will consider applications for funds up to £25000.www.weircharitabletrust.com

Woodward Charitable Trust - favours small-scale, locally based initiatives. Funding is primarily for one-off projects, but the Trustees are willing to consider funding running costs (including core cost and salaries). We have 7 priority areas: Children and Young People who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour; Minority Groups including refugees, gypsies and travellers; Prisoners and ex-offenders; Disability Projects, Homelessness, Arts outreach work; Environmental projects, especially with a strong educational element. www.woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk


Other ways to find funders:
Foundation Scotland - since 1996, Foundation Scotland (formerly Scottish Community Foundation), has been working with people and organisations to help them give to good causes effectively and inexpensively. On behalf of our donors, we distribute around £3.5m a year, making us one of the largest funders of the voluntary sector in Scotland. We provide a number of grant programmes, which can be categorised as express grants, community benefit funds or large grants. Each funding stream has its own specific criteria, which is determined by the donor. www.foundationscotland.org.uk
Office of the Scottish Charity Register - is the independent regulator and registrar for over 23,000 Scottish charities, including community groups, religious charities, schools, universities, grant-giving charities and major care providers. Directions are given on the website on how to search the register. www.oscr.org.uk

Fife Voluntary Action - is the third sector interface for the Fife Council area. We support and develop volunteering. We provide voluntary, community, social enterprise and charitable organisations with advice, information and one-to-one support. We help the voluntary or third sector to network, and to take part in Community Planning. Fife Voluntary Action and Fife Council offer access to GRANTfinder and GRANTnet databases of funders. GRANTfinder is the UK's leading searchable database on EU and UK Government grants, charitable trusts and corporate sponsors. It is a user-friendly computerised system carrying details in excess of 4,000 grants and is constantly updated. Users will need to arrange to visit a Fife Voluntary Action office and we will work with you on searching the database.
GRANTnet, is a free to use service to help users identify suitable funding for their activity or project. It allows community and voluntary groups to do their own search across a huge range of funding sources. The details are given on the website. www.fifevoluntaryaction.org

Directory of Social Change - www.dsc.org.uk this website provides guides and directories for those seeking funding although there is a requirement to subscribe to access the funding guides. An annual directory "The Directory of Grant Making Trusts" is published and may be available from public libraries in Fife.

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations - SCVO works to support people to take voluntary action to help themselves and others, and to bring about social change.
Our publications provide information and support for third sector organisations working in Scotland. www.scvo.org.uk


2015 Summer courses for NYBBS will take place from 26th July till 1st August 2015  Queen Victoria School Dunblane. This course is for all three bands.

Application form and course details download here



Nybbs Website www.nybbs.co.uk to be updated soon

NYBBS information please email Rachel Neil - nybbs@sbba.org.uk 




Minutes of the NYBBS  SBBA Management committee 2013/14

Minute No1 February 2013

Minute No2  April 2013

Minute No 3 June 2013

Minute No 4 August 2013


To mark the end of their summer courses, all three bands of The National Youth Brass Bands of Scotland will perform a joint Celebration Concert at the prestigious Perth Concert Hall, Perth, Scotland on Saturday 10th August, commencing at 3.00pm. The concert welcomes Guest Conductor, Russell Gray, together with the Musical Directors of each band Richard Evans, John Boax and Gordon Evans. The afternoon will offer a spotlight presentation of some of the key works studied by each of the bands, providing a varied and entertaining programme which will undoubtedly display the wonderful talent that has been developed during the week's experiences and opportunities that NYBBS offers its members.

Tickets are priced at £8.00 Adults, £6.00 Concessions and Family Tickets are available at £20.00 (for up to 4 family members) and can be purchased direct from Perth Concert Hall (Tel: 0845 612 6324/01738 621 031 Web: www.horsecross.co.uk).


Shetland Bus project January 2013

2013 Audition dates

The National Youth Brass Band of Scotland (NYBBS) are delighted to announce that in line with their recently announced development plans for the organisation, audition dates and venues across Scotland have now been confirmed. Auditions are by application and are open to all brass and percussion players aged 16 - 22 (or in the case of exceptionally talented young players, from age 13 upwards) wishing to join the premier level band of the organisation - The National Youth Brass Band of Scotland.

Current members of The National Youth Brass Band of Scotland will not be required to take a joining audition and similarly, membership of both The National Children's Brass Band of Scotland and The National Youth Reserve Brass Band of Scotland will continue to be open enrolment to everyone meeting the membership criteria and do not require a joining audition.

Enabling easier access for auditioning players, the audition sessions will take place in strategically located band halls and venues to cover the Borders, Midlothian, Aberdeen, Angus, Glasgow, West Lothian, Dumfries, Ayrshire and Fife, between 16th March and 7th April. NYBBS and its parent body, The Scottish Brass Band of Scotland, would like to offer their sincere thanks and gratitude to all the bands that have so generously offered their facilities for these audition rounds.

Audition - Date & Time - Location
Saturday, 16th of March 12 pm - 2 pm
Borders Jedburgh Instrumental Band Hall, Friars road (just off just off Exchange Street), Jedburgh

Saturday, 16th of March 4 pm - 6 pm
Midlothian Newtongrange Silver Band Hall, 14 Dalhousie Road, Newtongrange. Midlothian.

Sunday, 17th of March 12 pm - 2 pm
Aberdeen Jesmond Surgery, Jesmond Drive, Aberdeen. AB22 8UE

Sunday, 17th of March 4 pm - 6 pm
Angus Arbroath Band Hall

Saturday, 23rd of March 12 pm - 2 pm
Glasgow Co-operative Funeral Care Band Hall, 192 Fernbank St, Springburn, Glasgow. G22 6BD

Saturday, 23rd of March 4 pm - 6 pm
West Lothian Whitburn Band Hall, Shanks Road, Whitburn.

Sunday, 24rd of March 12 pm - 2 pm
Dumfries Dumfries Band Hall, Mount St Michael,
Sunday, 24rd of March 4 pm - 6 pm
Ayrshire Alloway, Burn' Cottage Education Centre

Sunday, 7th of April 4 pm - 6 pm
Fife Tullis Russell Band Hall, Woodside Community Centre, 60 Woodside Way, KY7 5DF Glenrothes

If you wish to be considered as a new member of this ‘jewel in the crown' of The National Youth Brass Band of Scotland organisation, please complete and return the application form as soon as possible. The audition application form can be downloaded [BY CLICKING HERE] and will also be available from the NYBBS website (www.nybbs.co.uk). The form needs to be returned (via email or post) to Andrew Duncan, Development Manager for SBBA, no later than two weeks before your preferred listed audition date.

The National Youth Brass Band of Scotland (NYBBS) was formed in 1958 to offer young brass and percussion players a platform of excellence to which they could aspire. Since then, it has established itself with a reputation of developing some of the finest brass and percussion musicians in the world.


NYBBS Development Strategy 2012

Report from 2012 course in St.Andrews

National Youth Brass Band of Scotland http://nybbs.co.uk/


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The Scottish Brass Band Association (SBBA) and the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland (NYBBS) were delighted to attend the Music for Youth Perth Prom at the Perth Concert Hall on Friday 28th October. This is the first time Music for Youth has held such an event in Scotland and the invitation is viewed as a significant step in SBBA's quest to build wider awareness of its youth music development work throughout Scotland. The Association was represented by its President, George Burt, Development Manager, Andrew Duncan and NYBBS Director, Neil Cross.

The Perth Prom was part of the Music for Youth Inspiration Series and was billed as "a concert showcasing some exceptional talent from within Scotland". This is the first ever concert of this nature to be held in Scotland by the organization and was reported to be an undoubted success by its participants, audience and facilitators.

The concert included performances from a select collection of just five youth music groups from across the country, offering a variety of styles: a folk/fusion group - The Gordon Duncan Experience, a rock band - Feel Free Conspiracy, the Stirling Area Youth Choir of the National Youth Choir of Scotland, an ensemble from Drake Music Scotland and The National Youth Brass Band of Scotland, who had come together especially for the concert. NYBBS, conducted by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, performed two pieces - ‘Pound The Street' composed by Paul and ‘Carpe Diem' a new piece written by the band's own bass trombone player, Josiah Walters, which received its premiere at their recent 2011 summer course.

Andrew Duncan, Development Manager commented: "Music for Youth is a tremendously large-scale organization which has achieved so much in its work for young musicians over the years, with one of its key events being the Schools Proms held in the Royal Albert Hall each November. It was a huge honour for SBBA and NYBBS to be invited to attend and participate in the first ever Perth Prom event - a really significant marker on the growing success of our projects and more importantly the growing external awareness of those projects.

NYBBS offered a performance of genuine quality which fully demonstrated and supported their and SBBA's requirement to be recognized amongst a higher level of peers in terms of both musical achievement and development work throughout Scotland."

Andrew went on to explain that SBBA's growing links with the organisation had in fact been established through another project undertaken by Music for Youth in their new focus on Scotland. SBBA had previously been invited to nominate young Scottish composers to participate in a week long residential project held in Ullapool as part of a music collaboration with Feis Rois the promoters of Gaelic arts and culture. The delegates proud to be attending were NYBBS members and students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Gregor Beattie and Michael Iles.


New Blood - Fanfare for Youth NYBBS and NYPBofS

 SBBA takes the NYBBS under its wing

The parent organisation of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland (NYBBS), the Scottish Amateur Music Association (SAMA) has announced that it is to cease operation. Founded in 1956 to fill a major gap in musical provision in Scotland, SAMA has offered generations of young Scots high quality tuition across a huge range of musical activities, through its annual music courses. SAMA is hopeful that many of the successful groups it has nurtured will continue to function under different auspices. To that end the NYBBS, among whose alumni is the current Principal of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, John Wallace CBE, is to come under the umbrella of the Scottish Brass Band Association (SBBA).

Neil Cross, NYBBS administrator since 1984, is upbeat about the future of the band and all of SAMA's amateur music groups, as he commented: "While there is a hint of sadness about the demise of SAMA, things look very positive for the various groups currently under its umbrella. I am delighted that the NYBBS, founded by SAMA in 1958, will now come under the stewardship of SBBA, which has achieved so much in recent years under rejuvenated leadership and with the help of the dynamic Alan Edmond as Development Officer. "

SBBA is looking forward to its new responsibility, which takes effect from 31 May. "We've long admired the achievements of the NYBBS," said George Burt, SBBA President, "and we presented our President's Award to Neil Cross two years ago in recognition of his excellent work for NYBBS. Alan Edmond has been working closely with the NYBBS for the past few years. This new partnership will beneficial to all aspects of Scottish banding in the future."

After a recent Executive Committee meeting, SAMA Chairman Ian Mills commented: "This decision has not been taken lightly. SAMA was established at a time when there were very few opportunities for amateur musicians from across the country to meet together. Committee members past and present can take immense pride and satisfaction in the number of musical events they have organised and which will hold happy memories for amateur musicians young and old." 

For the NYBBS it will be very much business as usual, as Neil Cross added: "Students should see no perceptible difference as the band will still be organised by me with the same fantastic tutorial and house staff. With Richard Evans conducting, every course is a success. The NYBBS has already moved on from strength to strength in recent years in terms of numbers and quality. The input of SBBA will, I think, help to accelerate our growth even further. It makes perfect sense that the organisation in charge of the brass band movement in Scotland is also in charge of the movement's 'jewel in the crown' - the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland."

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