Shepherd Group Youth Band
The Shepherd Group Youth Band was founded five years ago in 2011 by Craig Brown, the Senior Band’s bass trombone player. Now just five years later it features over 45 talented youngsters and has just entered its very first competition at the Rothwell Competitive Music Festival. The Youth Band was initially set up because the number of players in the Brass Academy had become so large that we simply needed to start a new band to accommodate all of our young talent. This is despite the constant warnings of brass bands being in decline!
The band has been designed to give those players of around Grade 3 standard and above in the Brass Academy the chance to experience more advanced music and to develop into first class musicians before moving up the ranks into the Concert Band and Senior Band.
Having seen the development of successful Youth Bands in other Brass Band Organisations and their contribution to the top levels of musicianship within the movement we are optimistic that members of our Youth Band will soon be competing amongst the very best.
The Youth Band meets every Monday night from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at the HiBay Theatre on the Portakabin™ site in York.
To find out more about joining our Youth Band please view our VACANCIES page.
The Musical Director: Craig Brown
Craig grew up in York and first started playing the Euphonium at The Ebor Brass Band under the guidance of Brian Henderson at the age of 15. Craig, inspired by his tuition, took to brass playing so much that he went on to achieve a 2:1 Honours Music (BMus) Degree from the University of Hull and a Masters Degree in Music Performance from the University of York.
Since graduating Craig has travelled the world as a professional trombone player on board Royal Caribbean International Cruise Ships. However, he has now moved back to York to work full-time as a Peripatetic Music Teacher, travelling round local schools inspiring children to take up music.
The Youth Band has fulfilled Craig’s longstanding desire to conduct and since it’s establishment in September 2011, the band has continued to grow. The ever increasing size and standard of the band means he definitely has his work cut out for him!