Free-of-charge Open Brass Day for young brass & percussion players - and their teachers – with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain - Taunton, Somerset Young brass and percussion players - and their teachers - are invited to spend a day in Taunton with the 80-strong National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB). The free of charge Open Day - named Open Brass – scheduled to be held on Tuesday April 15 - will see youngsters who attend receive coaching from the band's expert team of tutors. The team of professional and leading brass and percussion players include John Berryman (cornet), Ben Godfrey (cornet), Sheona White (tenor horn and flugel), David Childs (euphonium, Roger Argente (trombone), Nick Etheridge (tubas) and Mark Landon (percussion). Youngsters will be given the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with the band's conductor, Bramwell Tovey, one of the world’s leading orchestral conductors, current members of the band, and they will have the opportunity to listen to the band rehearse. Lunch is provided. There will also be the opportunity for those who attend to audition for the band too. The open day is part of a week-long residential course at Taunton School in Taunton, Somerset (between 13 and 19 April), during which time the band will prepare for two concerts. The band is due to perform at the Winter Gardens in Weston super Mare on 19 April and Cheltenham Town Hall on 20 April. The concerts will feature a range of original music for brass band, as well as a number of exciting arrangements and transcriptions. Philip Biggs, the Administrator of the NYBBGB said: “Open Brass promises to be a great opportunity for youngsters from across the region and from across the country to get a taste of performing alongside some of the country’s most exciting young musicians. For the first time ever, we are also inviting teachers to attend as well. For those of you who have never come across the band before, it is 80-strong, with entry by audition only and is recognised as one of the leading brass ensembles in the country.” The band has performed in recent years at a number of venues including London’s Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, as well as Snape Maltings, The Bridgewater Hall, The Sage in Gateshead and on BBC Radio 3. Alumni of the NYBBGB include the current London Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpet, Philip Cobb, former principal trumpet of the same orchestra, the legendary Maurice Murphy, to name but a few. The Open Day is free. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tickets for the concerts are available priced £12 each and concessions are £10. Tickets are available via email@example.com -ends- For interviews, concert tickets for reviewers or photography, please call Richard Robinson on 0772 5551374. Notes to editor: The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB) was founded in 1952 by Dr Denis Wright, OBE and the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain (NCBBGB) was founded in 2004 by Nick Childs. The two bands exist to provide children and teenagers opportunities to play brass band music to the highest standards, and is aimed not only at helping their playing, but also improving their musicianship and widening their musical horizons. NYBBGB applicants should be grade 8 standard and NCBBGB applicants should be grade 5 standard.