A year to remember for the Forest of Dean Area Youth Brass Band

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  1. fodaybbfan

    fodaybbfan New Member


    2008 has been a year to remember for members of the Forest of Dean Area Youth Brass Band and their Musical Director Kristyann Symonds. Formed in September 2007, the band, drawn from members of the brass and percussion section of the Forest of Dean Area Wind band plus local brass bands, got off to a flying start in February when they won Section B for youth, training and unregistered bands, of the Gloucestershire Brass Band Association Entertainments Contest when adjudicator David Hirst awarded them a Gold Certificate in their first public performance!

    Buoyed by their success at the GBBA competition, in March the band took part in their first ever Music for Youth Regional Festival Series, which was held in Cwmbran. As a result of their captivating performance the band were delighted to be one of only nine bands from the whole of the UK invited to perform in the Music Centre Category at the National Festival of Music For Youth 2008! The performance at Symphony Hall for the NFMY was undoubtedly the highlight of the year for all band members and their supporters and an experience never to be forgotten.

    Members of the band have also enjoyed much personal success too. In addition to many excellent practical exam results throughout the sections, Soprano Cornet player Samuel Davis (18) has been accepted at Bath University reading music, Principal Cornet Matthew Hurst (16) has been offered a place in the prestigious National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain playing his trumpet, and Principal Trombonist Rhiannon Symonds (11), who has been a member of the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain for the last three years, performed as a Regional Finalist in the Young Musician of Wales 2009 competition, where she was the only brass finalist and youngest competitor, and has recently been awarded the position of Principal Trombone in the National Children’s Wind Orchestra of Great Britain.

    The Forest of Dean Area Youth Brass Band are looking forward to an exciting 2009 with performances at the Gwent Youth Brass Band Festival 2009 in January and the Gloucestershire Brass Band Association Entertainments Contest in February already planned.

    The band will give their final performance of 2008 at the Forest of Dean Area Wind Band's annual "A Very, Merry Christmas Concert" next Saturday - for further details please visit the band's website page at www.kixmusic.co.uk/fodaybb

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