Welcome to Whitburn Youth Band
WHITBURN YOUTH BAND - THREE-TIME SCOTTISH CHAMPION
Whitburn Youth Band was first formed in 2007, but took off in its present format around 2009 under the leadership of Laura McMahon and Musical Director, Caroline Farren.
After a short spell of building numbers and confidence, as well as bagging several concert performances with the senior band, Whitburn Youth Band first took to the stage to compete in November 2011 at the SBBA Youth Championships in Perth.
Entering the Preparatory section, it delivered a thoroughly polished and professional performance, delighting the audience and adjudicators and receiving a Gold award.
More success was to follow with a win at the Innerleithen Youth Band contest in September 2012, under the baton of Chris Bradley. In November the band returned to Perth, this time claiming a second place in the Novice section.
In April 2013, the band travelled to the National Youth Brass Band Championships, held at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and was awarded a silver award for its efforts.
With an average age of just 11, and in a category with an upper age limit of 21, this was no mean feat! The band has gone on to win gold awards at several competitions and has also introduced a solo festival to Whitburn.
Whitburn Youth Band has travelled to Leeds to perform alongside Black Dyke Band in its own festival as guests of conductor Nicholas Childs.
The band has also worked with some of the top conductors in banding, including Ian Porthouse, Erik Janssen and Michael Fowles.
It has also hosted the Youth Band of Upper Austria and soloist Steven Mead. The band has taken part in an annual band camp with members of the senior band as tutors and coaches.
Many of the band members are also part of their own school bands as well as regional bands and also the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland.
Whitburn Youth Band is keen to support the local communities in a similar fashion to the senior band, and can provide entertainment at a variety of public and private events.
Where? – Whitburn Band Hall, Murraysgate Ind Estate, Whitburn
When? – Sundays 3:30-5:30pm
How? – For more information please contact Youth@whitburnband.com