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Applications open for GYBB 2020

Updated: Nov 18, 2019

GBBA and Gloucestershire Music (GM) invite you to attend the next Gloucestershire Youth Brass Band (GYBB) course. The course will take place on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th Jan 2020 at Sir Thomas Rich’s School, Oakleaze, Gloucester, GL2 0LF.


Fill in the online form at the end of this post to register for the course.

Please read the information in this post before applying.



In 2019, the Gloucestershire Youth Brass Band participated in the Cheltenham Music Festival with Brass for Africa and world renowned trumpet player, Wynton Marsalis. In recent years the band has taken part in National Championships, Music for Youth and participated in professional workshops and master classes.  In 2009 they became the Intermediate Brass Band Champions and, in 2011 performed at the Schools Prom in the Royal Albert Hall.

Our aim is to provide young players with the chance to rehearse and socialise over a two day course.  The end result will be a recording that will be put forward as an entry to Music for Youth (see www.mfy.org.uk for more info) and the band will also be invited to take part in the Gloucestershire Music Superheroes & Villains concert at Cheltenham Town Hall on 7th March 2020.  We have secured the services of Alan Fernie who will lead the band in January 2020.  In addition we will be liaising with GBBA to secure sectional tutors, currently including Andrew McDade on tuba and Max Ireland on percussion.

Dates for your dairy: Course dates:   Fri 3rd and Sat 4th Jan 2020. 

Location: Sir Thomas Rich’s School, Oakleaze, Gloucester, GL2 0LF.

Representing your band and your county Our wish is to see as many bands represented as possible.  It is a real honour to represent your county in any discipline and we sincerely hope that the GYBB will represent bands from across our county.

Securing your place At this stage we just need young musicians to express their interest in attending.  The band is open to young brass and percussion players working towards Grade 5 through to advanced and under the age of 21. To give you an idea of the level required, music at previous courses has included The Brigadier March (Student Composition by Morris Harper), The Magnificent Seven (Elmer Bernstein).  The Lord Bless and Keep You (John Rutter, arr. Andy Austin), Suo Gan from A Celtic Suite (Philip Sparke) .  Positions within the band and music will very much depend on the uptake. As an experienced and well respected composer and arranger, our course leader, Alan Fernie, has been asked for suggestions as to repertoire


Course cost

We endeavour to keep our projects as affordable as possible and there will be a course charge of £45 (with bursaries available) to cover costs. We have been fortunate to secure funding to offset much of the running costs of the course so this course fee still represents great value! GBBA are offering a bursary for players belonging to a GBBA-member band. Applications are not yet available online, but please register your interest in GBBA's bursary for GYBB by contacting GBBA Secretary Karin via karinlythell@yahoo.co.uk.


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Please fill in the online form to register for the GYBB 2020


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