BYMB is a traditional style youth marching band based at the Army Reserve Centre in Wallisdown Rd on the border of Bournemouth and Poole in Dorset.
The Band's motto is Amici Per Musicam which means Friends Through Music.
We recruit members from across the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole conurbation as well as Dorset and South Hampshire.
The Band is open to children from eight years of age. We welcome young musicians of all standards including beginners and teach them everything that they need to know.
From a Member"I like being in the Band. I like playing the cornet. I have made lots of good friends and I really love playing in carnivals."
From another Member"I like being part of BYMB because I like learning to play the drum and I feel accepted for being me and feeling part of a family."
From a Parent"My daughter has learnt to read music and is enjoying playing the cornet. She loves being part of the Band. It’s her place where she can be herself and she feels safe."
"Along with the musical and drill instruction comes a strong sense of discipline, teamwork and sense of pride that is associated with being a part of something worth while and meaningful in the wider community.
All of this is provided at a vastly reduced personal cost when compared to private musical tuition and the cost of purchasing an instrument." Band Sergeant Adrian Imm, Dip ABRSM, Royal Marines Band Portsmouth, The Royal Band
The Band is also a great opportunity for more experienced musicians to broaden and develop their music and playing skills. They also help to teach our younger members.
In addition to the brass and woodwind there is the Corps of Drums. This comprises of drums and percussion. Our snare drummers also play Bb bugles.
On parades the Corps of Drums are at the front of the Band. Combined bugle and band marches are a popular feature of the Band's repertoire.
In the last few months we have also introduced bell lyres, which are a marching version of the glockenspiel.
The Band holds regular concerts and also performs in musical arena displays, carnivals, parades and ceremonial events. This multi capability makes us unique in the local area.
We have a close working relationship with the Royal British Legion.
"In selecting the Band for both local and County events, we paid particular attention to their proven standards of performance and the range and regular updating of their repertoire from military classics to modern and popular themes.
They also impressed with their versatility in switching from performing on the march to playing in concert at indoor and outdoor venues." Mr G Parrott, Dorset County Committee, Royal British Legion.
We provide a safe meeting place, instruments, music, uniform, training and the performance opportunities. Not to forget the range of youth activities and social events as well.
From a Parent"The Band has given her so many opportunities she would not have had without being part of the BYMB family. Because that is just what it is, a family."
From a Member "I love the Band because music is my favourite subject. I have been in the Band for just over 2 years now. There are a lot of nice people there that want to learn too. My day would not be complete without going to Band on a Wednesday night."
As a youth organisation our aim is to promote our members personal and social development. We work to build resilience, confidence, reliability, self-discipline, determination, commitment, leadership and character.. We give our members the important life skills that they will need to take their place in the community.
"Youth marching bands such as BYMB are a proven route into the professional military bands of the UK and has in fact seen three of it’s members join both the Royal Marines Band Service and the Royal Corps of Army Music in the last year alone." Band Sergeant Adrian Imm, Dip ABRSM, Royal Marines Band Portsmouth, The Royal Band
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