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We’re very proud to have two highly qualified professional teachers as our Musical Directors – Matt is Head of Music at a Bury high school while Seth is a recent graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, now training to be a high school teacher. Both also have a wealth of top class experience as musicians and are skilled at passing on their musical expertise to the next generation.
As well as improving their playing at our twice-weekly rehearsals, our youngsters enjoy showing off what they have learnt at concerts, competitions and other events, particularly the Saddleworth Whit Friday Walks and Brass Band Contests. Being able to play alongside adult brass bands on Whit Friday and at competitions such as the North West Regional Championships gives our players a real sense of achievement and an appreciation of the tradition of banding. We play a variety of music, with pop and rock tunes featuring along with brass classics, marches, hymns and carols.
But we also have a lot of fun, with social events throughout the year and the chance to get involved in playing and fundraising at the Great Manchester Run, football matches and other towns’ Whit walks.
Adam Bokaris (Principal Euphonium, The Fairey Band)
I felt very honoured to adjudicate the Dobcross Youth Band Slow Melody competition in 2018. The organisation deserves incredibly high praise for the standard of all the young participants. Congratulations to all members, in particular the various winners!
Being part of the Youth Band has been so good for my children. They've progressed through the beginners and trainers sections into the Youth Band, learnt so much and made really good friends. The opportunities it's given them have been amazing - they've played at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham, performed alongside some really famous bands and had masterclasses from brilliant teachers. All this and it's on our doorstep too!