Young musicians are top brass

Youth Brass 2000 playing in Blackpool
Youth Brass 2000 playing in Blackpool

Young county musicians in Youth Brass 2000 are hitting all the right notes and winning praise and awards.

They won the BBC Radio 2 Youth Band of The Year 2013 Award which culminated in a performance at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, and a broadcast on Radio 2’s Listen To The Band on Wednesday (February 13).

Youth Brass 2000 has also retained its Butlins Miners Welfare title for the fifth time in succession and claimed second place in the junior ensemble competition,

And last weekend in Blackpool the band won The National Entertainment Championships of Great Britain with a Glenn Miller themed programme,including one piece arranged for the musicians by the official Glenn Miller Orchestra.

The band also received awards for the best bass section, best trombone section, the best march, best soprano player (Jack Wilson) and best soloist (James Fountain).

With the title goes the invitation to perform at the prestigious Brass in Concert at The Sage, Gateshead, in November.

The band is also the under 19s national champion and the current British Open youth champions.

Don Collins, of Youth Brass 2000, said: “Becoming part of this fantastic organisation couldn’t be easier. No entrance audition is required, just a commitment to our weekly rehearsals at Wilbarston Village Hall on Sunday afternoons.”

Anyone from nine to 18 who is interested in joining the band is asked to contact Mr Collins on 07860 525352 or visit for more information.