This group consists of 30-45 brass and percussion students. Entrance to this ensemble is by audition only. Audition information is announced each year in January. The Youth Brass Band will conclude their season with a performance with the Brass Band of Battle Creek on the annual holiday concert held every year in December. The director of the Youth Brass Band is Michael J. Garasi, (Resident Conductor of the BBBC)
****Auditions for the 2017 BBBC Youth Brass Band are currently open. Click HERE to register to audition. After you register instructions will be emailed to you for downloading the audition music.
Please read the following information BEFORE you register to audition:
Brass Band of Battle Creek Youth Brass Band Audition information
All brass and percussion students currently in grades 9-12 are invited to audition for the Brass Band of Battle Creek’s Youth Brass Band. Students chosen to participate will be notified by email or phone, with a letter mailed after contact. The Youth Brass Band season runs May-December 2017. ****All returning Youth Brass Band members must re-audition, and remaining tuition balances must be paid in full before audition submissions will be reviewed.
Once you register to audition you will be sent a password to access the audition music. Auditions can be uploaded to your own Google drive folder, you will just share a link with email@example.com
Auditions must be video submissions that have not been edited, and submitted via a Google drive folder link. Video submissions must have the following stated at the beginning of the video:
Grade (current school year)
School (including city and state)
Your audition recording should include the following:
- Assigned pieces provided by BBBC
- 3 scales
- 1 chromatic scale (at least one octave)
- Student selected piece
Students auditioning understand the following:
All rehearsals and performances are mandatory. One excused absence is allowed during summer rehearsals. The following dates are required to participate: (please review these with your parents BEFORE you audition)
Parent meeting/first rehearsal/Youth Brass Festival Day : May 20, 2017 (Parent meeting is 9 a.m. Students will report at 8 a.m. and stay until the conclusion of the evening BBBC concert)
YBB members will play a mentor role in the YB Festival Day events, they will also perform with the Festival Band on the evening concert.
Rehearsal/weekend retreat at Sherman Lake YMCA Camp: June 16-18
Rehearsal: Wednesday, June 21st 4-8 p.m.
Rehearsal: Wednesday, June 28th 4-8 p.m.
Rehearsal: Wednesday, July 12th 4-8 p.m.
Rehearsal: Wednesday, July 19th 4-8 p.m.
Rehearsal: Wednesday, July 26 4-8 p.m.
Weekend retreat and Summer concert:
Friday, August 11th to Saturday August 12th
(This weekend is MANDATORY. If you have band camp for your school we will communicate with your director to make arrangements)
Fall Rehearsals will be announced once the YBB season has started. All fall rehearsals take place on Saturday mornings and do not start until competitive marching band season has concluded. The YBB November Christmas concert date is TBA but will take place on a Sunday afternoon.
Appearance with BBBC: Saturday, December 2nd. W.K. Kellogg auditorium
There is a $350 tuition fee to participate. Financial aid is available. A $100 deposit is due at the April parent meeting/first rehearsal. Payments are then broken down into two $125 payments due in June and July. Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card.
You will need to furnish your own instrument (except for soprano cornet and flugelhorn, those will be furnished for you). Music will be provided at the first rehearsal for the summer concert. Music for the Christmas concert will be distributed during the summer auditions.
All participants will receive a YBB polo shirt that will be worn for the summer concert. Christmas concert uniform will be white dress shirt with black pants/skirt.