Our Band - what we do
The aim of our band is to offer youngsters the opportunity to experience brass band music-making, and to encourage them through our regular rehearsals, concerts & contests to become the very best musicians they can be. They also benefit from making new like-minded friends, acquiring a sense of belonging by being part of the band, & learning how to be part of a team, which in turn greatly helps their development into young adults. We also have great fun!
Our contest successes
Our band has previously been The French Open Youth Champions 6 times, British Open Champions 7 times, BBC Radio 2 Youth Band of the year twice and in 2018 was crowned European Youth Champions in the Premier section. We have won the National Championship title 6 years in a row, together with the honour of representing our country at the European Championships in Germany, France, Belgium, Holland and Switzerland.
The band on tour in Italy in 2019
With all this success comes the inevitable expense of trying to maintain this very high level of experience for our young, constantly evolving players.
We are a registered charity but unfortunately we have no sponsors and get no help from The Arts Council or any other youth/musical bodies.
The cost of taking a group of 40 young musicians (aged 10-19) with equipment to these European venues typically costs around £15000 and that would be our target.
We do value our independence but the lack of financial support is somehow the price we pay.
I have been involved with Youth Brass 2000 for over 30 years,25 as chairman.
From humble beginnings the band has risen to become the premier youth brass band in the whole of the UK having won the National title for the past 7 years on the bounce.
I think it`s worth pointing out that any Adult/Chaperones/Helpers/Committee members including myself always pay the full cost of any of our trips, any funds we can raise only goes towards helping the band members.
We do always of course ask for parental contributions where possible.
The band is run by a fully constituted committee of all non paid volunteers.
Our Big Dream!
Despite the fact we always go on a European Summer tour, over the last few years to Italy, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany and Austria, the BIG dream would be to take our award winning youth brass band to America. Sadly, at present at least, it remains just that, a dream.
Our picture below shows us about to set off on our annual European Tour.