The very first Sellers International Youth Band Solo and Ensemble Contest will take place on Sunday March 18th. This exciting new event will be held at the Ukrainian Club on Edgerton Road (the A629), Huddersfield, between 1030am and 5pm and the band is very much hoping that young musicians, up to the age of 19, from across Yorkshire and even further afield will come and take part. The contest will fall into a number of age group categories for solo brass instrumentalists(including a beginners class) and will see entrants deliver their performances of their chosen slow melody pieces. There will also be a Percussion and Ensemble class. There will be trophies for winners of each of the sections and each participant will recieve a certificate and helpful comments on their performance. There will also be two special overall awards for the the Most Outstanding Performer of the Day and the Most Promising Performer of the Day. Sellers International Youth Band is delighted that Tuba Virtuoso, Ben Thomson, currently BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Musician, has agreed to be the adjudicator for the day and will also deliver a short concert before the results are announced. During his performance, Ben will give the young musicians invaluable tips on how he prepares for important events. For more details and/or an entry form please contact the band's secretary, Paul Smith on 01484 301359, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Musical Director, Mark Bousie on 07971 527039, email email@example.com. Closing date for entries is Monday 12th March. Looking a little further in the future, the Sellers Youth Band is planning to host an Open Day, where all young Brass and Percussion players in the Huddersfield area can come along and enjoy the musical and social experience of playing in a brass band . This will be held on Sunday 17th June and will be led by the Principal players from the Sellers International Band, the Youth Band's senior counterparts. More details to come. The Sellers Youth Band is always looking for new members. The band now also has a training group, led by Sellers International Assistant Principal Cornet and Huddersfield University graduate, Richard Shaw. The training group is intended for beginner and less experienced young brass players. For more information on joining either of the two bands please contact Mark Bousie or Paul Smith.