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Many congratulations to Julian Bayley, our euphonium soloist, who has won a place in the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. Julian, 15, has been with the band since he was six, starting out on cornet, then moving to flugelhorn and onto euphonium two years ago. He's a fantastic and dedicated player and his solos are highlights of our concerts, including our recent joint concert with The Fairey Band at Uppermill Civic Hall. He auditioned for the National Youth Brass Band last November and has been offered a place for 2018. Former Dobcross Youth player Chiara Eckersley is also involved with NYBB as a member of the National Children’s Brass Band since 2016. Flugel player Chiara now plays with Diggle Band and also with Foden’s Youth. The band exists to provide opportunities for young people to play brass band music to the highest standards and aims to improve their musicianship and widen their musical horizons. The band regularly records for BBC Radio 2 and Radio 3 and has played concerts at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Academy of Music, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ripon Cathedral and the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Guest Conductors who have appeared with the band in recent years include Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Charles Groves, Harry Mortimer CBE, Elgar Howarth, Derek Bourgeois, Edward Gregson, James Watson and Bramwell Tovey. The top brass bands in this country, such as Black Dyke, Brighouse & Rastrick, Fodens, Grimethorpe Colliery, Fairey and Hammonds, have a significant membership of ex-NYBB players.

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2018 is going to be a really special year for the band as we celebrate our 30th anniversary of music, fun and friendship. But there is one sad note as we look forward to a busy year - we'll be doing it without our fantastic musical director Melanie Garlick. Mel is starting a new job as a headteacher but the school's gain is our loss as she will be too busy to continue looking after our beginners and training sections. We said a very fond farewell to her at our Christmas concert and she really will be much missed - she has introduced hundreds of children to playing brass instruments, nurtured their talent and guided their musical education. She's been a part of the Youth Band almost from the start, starting as a seven-year-old and progressing to the principal cornet seat by the age of 12. At just 16 she was invited to play with the Yorkshire Building Society Band by Professor David King and went on to play in many major contests, including the National Brass Band Championships and the British Open. She's also had spells at Pennine Brass and Skelmanthorpe A but - as many of our past players do - often popped back to Dobcross to help out when needed.When she qualified as a teacher, she returned to Dobcross to guide our new players and set up the intermediate band, which has gone from strength to strength thanks to her dedication, talent and enthusiasm. Thank you for all you've done Mel, the place won't be the same without you.

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Dobcross Youth Band added 14 new photos — at Dobcross Band Club.

December was a really hard-working month for the band, with our concert with The Fairey Band, lots of carolling and fund-raising - so we always start January with a fun party to thank all our players for their dedication. Many thanks to them all for coming along to show they're not just great musicians, but also great limbo artistes, dancers and doughnut munchers!

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2017 has been a brilliant year for the band with competitions, concerts, coaching days and many fun times shared! Thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way, but particular thanks to the players themselves!

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Christmas morning in Dobcross- a perfect start to the day and a wonderful way to end the carolling season. Thanks to our past and present players, MD Matt Hindle and Dobcross Brass Monkeys Kathryn for continuing this lovely tradition and to all the community for their support.

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