The North East Midlands Brass Band Association (Nembba) Youth Band recently ended their year with a Gala Concert at the Genesis Centre in Alfreton, where they were joined by Shirland Welfare Band.
Led by Brett Baker with tutors Adie Smith, Gary Wyatt and Simon Gresswell, the band of over 40 young players performed to a large audience of local brass band supporters and parents.
The concert opened with Shirland Welfare Band showcasing their entertainment programme before the Youth Band delivered a challenging programme of music that included the march 'Praise', followed by the hymn tune 'Prelude on Lavenham' ending with the test-piece 'Olympus'. The bands then joined forces for the finale, 'Pound the Streets'.
The concert was generously supported by Geneva Instruments and throughout the day the young players had the chance to visit the Geneva Instruments trade stand, with Simon Miller providing expert advice.
Plans are now underway as the band enters its fourth year, with details of courses being released over the summer.