About the County Junior Brass Ensemble
The CJBE is the junior brass group of the Music and Performing Arts Trust and rehearses on Tuesday evenings in The Edmund Rubbra Hall at the
Kettering Road Music and Arts Centre from 6:15pm to 7:45pm. The conductors for the 2016 to 2017 season are
Jo Coventry and Andy Johnson (pictured).
The CJBE provides a first experience of ensemble playing for young brass players who might
be in th
e County Training Brass Band
or County Youth Brass Band
, or quite possibly any of the other county grou
Although it functions like a brass band, the instrumental line up often includes trumpets and french horns as well as cornets and tenor horns. Since it was first formed about 20 years ago, many of the county's best brass players have been members, and there are now former members in all of the county groups and most of the music colleges in the country.
During the course of the year, the ensemble appears in several county music concerts, including the annual Brass Band Spectacular and the New Generation Concert at the Derngate. The annual programme also includes a residential course at Grendon Hall and participation in the regional festival of the
National Festival of Music for Youth.
Recent letters to members
How to join us
Auditions are held annually in July. See the
auditions page for further information.
Watch the CJBE in action
The CJBE perform Bohemian Rhapsody at the New Generation Concert 2011