Calling band secretaries, committee members, and youth development officers:
As young musicians, many of us would have benefitted from representing our county through a county youth brass band. In recent years the Gloucestershire Youth Brass Band has taken part in National Championships, Music for Youth, professional workshops and master classes. In 2009 they became the Intermediate Brass Band Champions and, in 2011, performed in the final of the Schools Prom at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall.
I am delighted to announce that the Gloucestershire Brass Band Association (GBBA) and Gloucestershire Music (GM) have secured funding to help re-establish the Gloucestershire Youth Brass Band.
Young players need their home bands to nurture their talent, support them through the ranks and watch them spread their wings. A county youth band needs the support of those bands to provide young musicians with the opportunity to perform at the highest level of youth music making and to represent their county through music.
Support from the top and dates for your diary, including additional training for your band leaders. We have secured the support of Ian Porthouse (MD of the Tredegar Band) who will be leading the band in January 2019. 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). In addition we will be liaising with Ian to secure sectional tutors and providing some training for band conductors and youth band leaders led by Tom Davoren.
Dates for your dairy Course dates: Sat 5th & Sun 6th Jan 2019. Severn Vale School, School Lane, Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 4PR.
Representing your band Bands who are part of the GBBA (Gloucestershire County boundaries, Herefordshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Worcestershire) are invited to recommend students (ideally they should be around Grade 5+). It is important that we follow new data protection and current safeguarding legislation. GM will help collate this information and ensure students are registered correctly.
Start the band rolling……. Please pass on the nomination letter to your more advanced young players; download it here. If you would like to download this letter, do so here. Our wish is to see as many bands represented as possible, and at this stage we just need young musicians to express their interest in attending.
Registering interest and securing a place:
The band is open to young brass and percussion players Grade 5 to advanced and under the age of 21. Positions within the band and music will very much depend on the uptake. We have been fortunate to secure funding to offset the over 70% of the running costs. There may be a small charge (or less with bursaries available) to cover the remaining of the course but we will endeavour to keep this as affordable as possible.
To secure your place, please email Steven Legge at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the online form via survey monkey. We would also like your comments on transport in case this is also a factor that you feel will prevent you from attending. I very much look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to the GYBB in January 2019.
I very much look forward to hearing from you and your young players very soon.
Yours sincerely, Steven G Legge (Extended Learning & Provisions Manager - Gloucestershire Music)
Colwell Arts Centre, Derby Road, Gloucester, GL1 4AD Tel: 01452 330300 www.gloucestershiremusic.co.uk www.facebook.com/glosmusic www.twitter.com/glos_music Find and add music making and learning opportunities: http://glos.touchbass.co.uk/