The European Festival of Brass 2014


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Still time to enter this years National Youth Brass Band Summer Courses - get your applications in as soon as possible to reserve your place for a great fun, educational week in Perth and Stirling.

Senior Band NYBBS 2014 Summer Course from Sunday 27th July to Saturday 2nd August 2014
at Perth College.

Resrve & Children's Band NYBBS 2014 Summer Course from Monday 28th July to Saturday 2nd August 2014 at Stirling Youth Hostel.

Gala Concerts on Saturday 2nd August in Pertrh Concert Hall

Application forms for both courses



Nybbs Website

The 2014 Easter course
for NYBBS will take place at the new SBBA HQ in Livingston
on April 9th, 10th and 11th.

The Easter course will be taken by the band's new
Musical Director Russell Gray. 
Hotel accommodation will be provided for those who do not live locally, and although we hope to make this free of charge, we may have to ask for a small contribution if we do not get the funding we need for this. We will know this one month before the course starts. 
The 2014 Summer Course for the
NYBBS Premier band will take place from
Sunday 27th July - Saturday 2nd August, 2014 at Stirling University.

The 2014 Summer Course for the
NYBBS Reserve Band and the NYBBS Children's Band
will take place
Monday 28th of July - Saturday 2nd of August 2014 in Stirling.
For an application form for any of the NYBBS courses in 2014 or for more details,
please email Rachel Neil -



The National Youth Brass Bands of Scotland

Entrance Audition Information for NYBBS 2014 (premier band only)

Entrance auditions for the premier band of NYBBS are now a requirement for all brass and percussion players who wish to play in the NYBBS (premier band) courses and events in 2014:
• NYBBS Easter Course 2014 (date to be decided)
• NYBBS Summer Course 2014 (July 27th to Aug 3rd 2014)
• NYBBS performance at the Cumnock Tryst Festival (October 4th 2014)
Entrance auditions are a requirement for all new applicants for NYBBS as well as for all previous members of NYBBS.
Please note: There will be no entry auditions for either the National Youth Reserve Brass Band of Scotland or the National Children's Brass Band of Scotland. Entry to these bands is by application as in previous years.
The entrance auditions will be held throughout Scotland at the following locations and times. A candidate is able to apply for an entry audition at any of the locations regardless of where they live.

Saturday 30th Nov 2013 10.00am - 5.00pm Glasgow
Sunday 1st Dec 2013 10.00am - 1.00pm Whitburn, W Lothian
Sunday 1st Dec 2013 3.00pm - 5.00pm Dalmellington, Ayrshire
Friday 6th Dec 2013 6.00pm - 8.30pm Aberdeen
Saturday 7th Dec 2013 10.00am - 5.00pm Carnoustie, Angus
Sunday 8th Dec 2013 10.00am - 1.00pm Gorebridge, Midlothian
Sunday 8th Dec 2013 3.00pm - 5.00pm Jedburgh, Borders

The age range for candidates is 16 to 22 (No older than 22 on 1st of August 2014). Candidates aged 14 or 15 may also apply if they have exceptional talent and if they provide us with a letter/email to this effect from their tutor.
In the case of candidates living in the far north of Scotland and the remote Islands, the panel will be prepared to listen to a CD of the candidate's playing as an alternative to attending an audition in person.
As some of the audition centres are not suitable for percussionists, individual arrangements will be made with all percussionists who apply for an entrance audition.
Audition requirements.
The audition requirements for all candidates is to play two short contrasting solo pieces (no accompanist will be used) and to sight read excerpts from band parts of an appropriate standard. The panel will be Philip McCann and Andrew Duncan.
European Youth Brass Band
The auditions will also be used to establish the Scottish representatives for the European Youth Brass Band for 2014.
Application form
Please download the application form from this website, complete and return it by email to Andrew Duncan, Development Manager at e.mail or by post to Andrew Duncan, 40D Bridgeness Road, Bo'ness. Scotland. EH51 9NZ. Once your application form has been received, you will be sent details of your audition time and the address of the audition centre you have chosen.

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:


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 ( 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


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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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