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