County Youth Brass Band (CYBB)

The County Youth Brass Band acknowledging applause, Church of the Holy Saviour, Prague, Czech Republic, July 2015

About the CYBB

Brad TurnbullThe CYBB is the senior brass band of the Music and Performing Arts Trust and rehearses on Saturday mornings in the John Clare Theatre Area at the Kettering Road Music and Arts Centre from 9am to 12:30pm. The conductor for the 2018 to 2019 season is Brad Turnbull (pictured).

They were the first countywide ensemble to be established in Northamptonshire and as such represent the beginnings of the entire Music and Performing Arts Service. The first residential course was held at Grendon Hall in 1969 under the direction of County Music Advisor Malcolm Tyler.

From their humble beginnings the band has grown to become one of the best County Youth Brass Bands in the Country, appearing regularly at the National Youth Brass Band Championships and the National Festival of Music for Youth.

In 1992, under the direction of John Berryman, they were Champion Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, the highest honour for a Youth Band and in 2014 they were chosen to represent England at the first ever European Youth Brass Band Championships.

Throughout their history they have only had seven conductors, with John Berryman having been the director for 22 years. Current conductor Brad Turnbull took over the leadership of the band from Adele Sellers in 2006.

Touring has always been a regular feature of band life and they now travel the continent, on tour with the CYCB every other year. Recent tours have taken them to Hungary, Poland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic and Slovakia. In the summer of 2017 they travel  to Italy for performances in Umbria and Romagna, including a final night concert at Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna. This year's tour is to Poland.

Listen to the CYBB in performance

CYBB Concert Tours

Roll of Honour

See the Programme from the 40th Anniversary Concert

Recent Letters to Members

How to join us

Auditions are held annually in July. See the auditions page for further information.

See the CYBB in performance

The CYBB performing in concert with the Leyland band under the direction of Brad Turnbull at the end of their joint concert May 2015 at Spinney Theatre: The Day Thou Gavest Lord has Ended.