2017 YOUTH BRASS FESTIVAL DAY IS SATURDAY, MAY 20TH
REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017 YOUTH BRASS FESTIVAL IS OPEN! REGISTER HERE.
In June 2013, the BBBC debuted the BBBC Youth Brass Band Day! This band is an inclusive group and does not require an audition to participate. Due to the overwhelming success of this program this event has been expanded and is now called the "BBBC Youth Brass Festival". This ensemble gives youth in sixth through twelfth grade an opportunity to study with world-class conductors, and play beside world-class brass and percussion musicians. A committee of community stakeholders, music educators from all over the state of Michigan and several BBBC musicians work on this initiative. The BBBC’s hope is that this initiative will instill passion, empower youth, and promote leadership through the power of music. This is designed to be a one-day experience. The students will begin their day in small ensemble rehearsals and master classes with BBBC musicians, continue with group rehearsals with the BBBC, and conclude their experience with an evening concert at which time they will perform together as a group, and then along side the BBBC in front of over 1500 people in W.K. Kellogg Auditorium. Youth Brass Festival takes place each year at the Spring concert. There is a $25 participation fee. This fee includes all meals, a t-shirt, and a DVD of the evening performance. Assistance with the fee is available, please contact the business office at 269-789-2222.
***New in 2017-Youth Brass Festival Day expands with 1/2 day middle school sessions! Students in grades 6-8 will join the Youth Brass Festival Day sessions at 1 p.m. Afternoon sessions will be geared to the beginning band student. Students will also observe rehearsals and enjoy dinner with the band and other participants. Students will receive a t-shirt, snack, dinner, ticket to the evening concert, and access to the world's best brass and percussion musicians!