Our ambition

The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB) is the UK’s leading brass band charity for children and young people. We exist to give the brightest young brass and percussion musicians the opportunity to develop their musicianship, play together and inspire others. 

Our Philosophy

Our vision and purpose

The NYBBGB was established in 1952 and is a registered charity. We currently run two brass bands – the Children’s Band and the Youth Band. Entry is by audition. Our bands perform advanced music and receive the highest quality artistic direction and teaching.  This develops our young members as musicians to grow the next generation of outstanding brass and percussion players, teachers and music leaders.

The NYBBGB is one of the top commissioners of new music for brass bands, and pieces we commissioned and premiered are now played across the world.

Our philosophy

We aim to offer talented young brass band musicians an outstanding musical experience. We do this through:

World-class teachers 

We work with some of the best brass band tutors in the world, as well as other leading educationalists

Lifelong friendships

Our inspirational courses support the development of new friendships with amongst young people with a shared love of music

Innovative music

We perform some of the traditional pieces whilst we also challenge and extend what we can play and so commission new pieces from leading composers

Equal opportunities

We aim to be a diverse and inclusive organisation. We keep costs for participation low and provide financial and pastoral support for those who need it

Our friendly team

Founded by Dr Denis Wright, in 1952, we have a Board of Trustees and a team of staff, chaired by John Gillam, all of whom have a passion for brass

Mark Bromley


Robert Childs

Director of Artistic Planning

Richard Milton

Operations Manager

Louise Shaw

Funding Development Manager

Philip Holt

Finance Manager

Ben Stratford

Brand Manager

Auditions now open