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Youth Band Leaders Hub

Youth Band Leaders Hub

Youth Brass Bands are the foundation of the brass band world, where young players start their journey that can be a lifelong hobby or even career. Tireless work of conductors, committees and volunteers across the country train the next generation of brass banders, from beginners, to world class musicians. However, traditionally many young people have stopped playing as they transition from school, through university, and into adult life. University brass bands (and UniBrass) provide a fun and engaging transition between youth and adult banding, but we need your help to make sure students find them and join.

Here, find out how you can help our mission to keep young people banding, and keep the future of brass banding strong. 

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What are university brass bands like? 

University brass bands are a great way to keep playing at university, offering a blend of music-making and a strong community of like-minded students, which often form some of the strongest friendships at university. Our annual UniBrass contest embodies this as a festival of entertaining performances accessible by bands of all standards in the daytime, whilst in the evening, the social event will often see hundreds of students singing along to Slaidburn! Many bands are student-led, offering students excellent opportunities to serve on committees or as conductors. 

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What about other university music opportunities?

Whilst of course we’d all like everybody to join their university brass band, most universities have a range of ensembles (including big bands, concert/wind bands, orchestras, choirs), which are typically run on a similar basis to university brass bands.

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How can I help?

The main thing we’re asking you to do is start a conversation with your band. By getting young people thinking about their next banding steps early, they’ll be more likely to find a band at university. As conductors, you’re well placed to direct members of your band to sources of information to find further details, and to help them get in touch with their new band. 

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How can I help?

Invite your alumni back to talk about their experiences. Students are our best ambassadors, especially those that already know your band’s current members. 

Do you have a band website or newsletter? Perhaps you could find space to direct school leavers to further information about their next steps, we’d be more than happy to help you write this.

How can I help?

Get in touch with your local university’s band - some university bands have formed partnerships with their local youth bands, holding joint rehearsals, workshops and concerts to give high quality musical experiences, and insight into banding at the university level.

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