Why join?

If you join the  Children’s or Youth Band you will have an amazing time! You will meet new friends, play music you love with you peers, and really develop as a musician. You will have first-class experiences, being tutored by instrumental specialists, playing brand new music and performing in some of the best concert halls.  It is free to audition, so please do have a go!

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Audition information

Taking part in an audition is a really exciting and positive opportunity. You will be asked to play for one of our tutors and will receive individualised feedback. We don’t make a charge for auditions and work hard to make it an enjoyable experience for you.

Audition for the Children's Band

Applicants should:

  • Be aged from 7 - 13 years at the date of audition
  • Play a brass band instrument to a standard of around Grade 5
  • Enjoy playing in a band with other like minded young people

Auditions will consist of:

  • An unaccompanied solo
  • A study
  • Scales
  • Sight reading

In person auditions. You will have been sent a time to arrive at the venue which gives you plenty of time to warm up for your audition. You will be met by a member of the NYBBGB team and shown where to go for the chance to get ready for the audition.

At the allowed time you will be asked to play for the person carrying out the audition. This will be one of the many tutors that we use for our courses and they will be able to assess if you are ready to be a member of the band. When you have played your pieces you will be asked some of the scales and arpeggios from the list and then asked to play a short piece of music that you will have not seen before. This is called sight reading and is very important as you will need to be able to learn music very quickly if you join the band.

After the playing you will have a chance to ask questions of the tutor about the Children's Band. They will not be able to tell you if you have been successful or not but may give you some tips about your playing.

After your audition is finished you can have a chat also with the person who met you at the start to ask for more details of the Children's Band.

As part of the audition you will be asked to stay for a workshop that will be led by one of the tutors carrying out the auditions. This workshop will be a chance for you to play your instrument again with the other young people who have auditioned for the Children's Band and the Youth Band and will give you more tips about your playing.

After the audition you will receive an email that will let you know how you did. This email will include a feedback form with helpful tips on your playing and you will be informed if you have met the standard required to be in the band. If you meet the standard then hopefully you will be offered a place in the band sometimes there are no vacancies for your particular instrument and you may have to wait but we do try and offer everyone a place if we can.

Online auditions. You will be asked to video recordings of your two pieces so that they can be assessed as if you were in the room. You will then be asked sign up for an online meeting which will consist of the scales and the sight reading element of the audition.

Audition FAQs

Audition info pack

Last updated: 9 Jan 2021

We've put together a concise information pack telling you exactly what you'll need to do in your audition. From scale lists and sight-reading to solo guides and studies

Download info pack

Audition for the Youth Band

Applicants should:

  • Be aged from 13 - 18 years at the date of audition
  • Play a brass band instrument (including percussion) to a standard of around Grade 8
  • Enjoy playing in a band with other like minded young people

Auditions will consist of:

  • An unaccompanied solo
  • A study
  • Scales
  • Sight reading

In person auditions. You will have been sent a time to arrive at the venue which gives you plenty of time to warm up for your audition.

You will be met by a member of the NYBBGB team and shown where to go for the chance to get ready for the audition.

At the allowed time you will be asked to play for the person carrying out the audition. This will be one of the many tutors that we use for our courses and they will be able to assess if you are ready to be a member of the band.

When you have played your pieces you will be asked some of the scales and arpeggios from the list and then asked to play a short piece of sight reading. This is very important as you will need to be able to learn music very quickly if you join the band.

After the playing you will have a chance to ask questions of the tutor bout the NYBB. They will not be able to tell you if you have been successful or not but may give you some tips about your playing.

After your audition is finished you can have a chat also with the person who met you at the start to ask for more details of the NYBB.

As part of the audition you will be asked to stay for a workshop that will be led by one of the tutors carrying out the auditions. This workshop will be a chance for you to play your instrument again with the other young people who have auditioned for the NYBB and the NCBB and will give you more tips about your playing.

After the audition you will receive an email that will let you know how you did. This email will include a feedback form with helpful tips on your playing and you will be informed if you have met the standard required to be in the band. If you meet the standard then hopefully you will be offered a place in the band sometimes there are no vacancies for your particular instrument and you may have to wait but we do try and offer everyone a place if we can.

Online auditions. You will be asked to video recordings of your two pieces so that they can be assessed as if you were in the room. You will then be asked sign up for an online meeting which will consist of the scales and the sight reading element of the audition.

Audition FAQs

Audition info pack

Last updated: 9 Jan 2021

We've put together a concise information pack telling you exactly what you'll need to do in your audition. From scale lists and sight-reading to solo guides and studies

Download info pack

Great news! Auditions are now available

Auditions are held at our residential courses at Easter and in the Summer and at a number of audition events around the country during the Autumn. For anyone who finds getting to an audition event difficult for what ever reason we are happy to offer an online audition.

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Audition information pack

Last updated: 9 Jan 2021

We've put together a concise information pack telling you exactly what you'll need to do in your audition. From scale lists and sight-reading to solo guides and studies

Download info pack

Audition FAQs

We've pulled together a list of common audition questions about the audition process

Tips for online auditions

When you are recording your pieces try and go for them in one take. If you make a mistake carry on as until the end and if you have to record the whole piece again. Please do not edit together small sections to make it look like you have played the piece perfectly as this does not give a full reflection of your playing and we can spot the join! For the audio it is better not to stand too close to the device you are using to video and do not point your bell directly at the microphone as this can cause some distortion.

What if I don’t get in?

If you are not successful in getting a place in the band please do not be disheartened. The feedback you receive from the tutors on the day and in the email will give you some idea of what you need to work on. You will be able to audition again as long as you are still in the age range for the band.

What should I wear?

You are not expected to be in full concert dress for the audition but a smart look always give a good impression.

What pieces should I play?

There is no set list of pieces but we ask that you choose music that can show off your skills both technically and musically. If you are working on grade exams then some of the music for these would be a good place to start. Always ask your teacher for some advice too.

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