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A Young Person’s Guide to the Brass Band

Do you play a brass instrument or percussion in a school band?
Would you like the chance to take part in a brass band concert for young people and families?
Perhaps you'd like the chance to try something different - a trombone, tenor horn, timpani or tuba?   
The York RI Golden Rail Band is hosting a special afternoon event at the NCEM to showcase the talented young brass musicians in our family of bands - and we would love to include other young brass players that have never experienced playing in a brass band before.
If you can sight-read and play simple tunes, you are welcome to sit in with our own Development Band for our Young Person's Guide to the Brass Band, on Saturday 19 May at 2.00pm for the first half of our community concert.  All we require is that you register to take part with the band and join us for one or two rehearsals beforehand.
Dates & venues for rehearsals are:
Wednesday 2 May, 6.30-8.00pm, York RI bandroom, Queen Street, York
Thursday 10 May, 6.30-8.00pm, NCEM, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York.
The music is easy, junior-band standard and includes a mix of Disney theme tunes, traditional favourites, film soundtracks and even a taste of a couple of Proms classics!
If joining in on stage feels a bit daunting, come along to the event and see  how much fun playing in a brass band can be - and there's a chance to 'have a go' in an informal session after the concert, when we'll be getting out the instruments for everyone, young and not-so-young, to try out. 
To register to join in with the Young Person's Guide to the Brass Band, please contact our Musical Director Nicholas Eastwood by email at or telephone 07774  030502.
Tickets for the concert cost £3.00 (concessions £2.00; under 16s free). Book online at or telephone the box office 01904 658338.
There is no charge to young people that wish to join in with the rehearsals and performance of  A Young Person's Guide to the Brass Band.   
Players that have achieved Grade 4 or higher that would like to join York RI Golden Rail Band, a busy concert band, or even our sister band, the York Railway Institute Band, a very successful Section 2 band (minimum grade 7), will get the chance to see the kind of music we play in the second half of the afternoon in our community concert, which features the Golden Rail Band together with young soloists from both bands.

You are welcome to come down to the bandroom, by arrangement - we play Tuesdays 7.00-8.30pm and Thursdays 6.30-8.00pm - and join in a rehearsal (from 5 June onwards). Golden Rail is seeking new players and would particularly like to hear from trombonists, euphonium and tuba players. Please contact Musical Director Nicholas Eastwood to discuss.
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