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National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand

The National Youth Brass Band consists of New Zealand's most talented young brass and percussion musicians. The band members are all under twenty-three years of age and are selected from nationwide auditions. The band has performed throughout New Zealand and the UK.

Recordings featuring National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand

Brass Aotearoa: New Zealand Brass Band Music
New music for brass band

MMT2049, Released 2003
 

Biography

The National Youth Brass band consists of New Zealand's most talented young brass and percussion musicians. The band members are all under twenty-three years of age and are selected from nationwide auditions.

The band had its beginnings in 1959 with a youth training course. Courses were organised over the years in various towns on an irregular basis and there were two overseas tours. In 1998 Nigel Weeks (ex-Tredegar Band of Wales) initiated a new format and the summer course became an annual event, with guest artists and tours throughout New Zealand. This regularity has resulted in an increased standard of playing, and some of the most technically demanding music written for brass band is now performed with aplomb by the ensemble.

Members of the National Youth Brass Band have been fortunate to be tutored by some of the best players from New Zealand's top brass bands and symphony orchestras. They have also had the opportunity to work with outstanding international guest soloists, including Robert Childs (euphonium), Simone Rebello (percussion), and Nick Hudson (trombone) as well as Clyde Dixon and Phillip Johnston of the New Zealand Army Band. In 2001 Ray Farr, a renowned British conductor, based in Norway, was the guest musical director of the National Youth Brass Band. In 2002, Kenneth Young, former principal tuba and conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, led the band on a South Island tour. In 2003 the band toured England and Wales to fulfil invitations to several events and also celebrate 50 years since the 1953 National Band won the British Open.



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