Cornwall Youth    Brass Band

Band Brest an Yowynkneth Kernow


I am sure that you are all looking forward to the summer season ahead, following for what many of you has been a very busy few months preparing for the area and Bugle contest.

Looking back to our Easter Course, although the Band was low in numbers, the playing was still   up to the usual standard. Paul Holland who led the course commented the Band should be proud of their achievements, and Paul Richards our guest soprano cornet soloist wowed the crowds with his tremendous playing.

The rehearsals for the Christmas course commence in September. The course will be led by Dr. Stephen Cobb the Bandmaster of The International Staff Band of the Salvation Army His son Philip who is Principal Trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra will be our soloist. They were first with us in 2007 when it was a very enjoyable and successful course.

We will be auditioning for new players shortly, so please encourage your friends, and spread the word. They will be given a warm welcome and I am sure they would enjoy being part of our great Band and benefit from it.

I hope you all enjoy your summer with your parent Bands and I look forward to seeing you all in September.

Brian Minear.


Presented at the Easter Concert.

A R Trudgian Youth Awards Grace Denford and Matthew Opie

Most Improved Player                                              Alina Nuta

Players’ Player                                                          Grace Denford

Youngest player                                                        Corey Williams

Most promising player                                             Matthew Osborne

Player of the year                                                      Charlie Hodge

W A Hunt Award for the most conspicuous contribution to the Band,                                   the Librarian, Lyn Blight.   

Goff Richards Cup (most promising trombonist)     Daniel Sloggett


The CYBB has once again received a generous donation from the Cornwall Masonic Benelovent Fund. The photograph shows Sarah and Jason Wilton receiving the cheque for £300 from the Provincial Grand Master, Stephen Pearn, after they had entertained the Guests at the Presentation Ceremony.



The Trustees have always welcomed and appreciated the support given by Parents and Supporters in assisting with the successful running of the Band over the years. Following the reorganisation of tasks during last season, we have identified two particular areas where we would welcome voluntary assistance from September. Existing Trustees will of course be available to provide support for anyone undertaking these tasks.

Transport Co-ordinator. This involves arranging and assisting in the provision of transport for the collection and delivery of music stands, banners and other gear from our store at Truro College to Truro High School for Girls prior to and after each Course, as well as the transfer and return of percussion requirements from local Bands who kindly loan their equipment for the Courses. At present we hire vans, but would welcome help from someone with suitable transport, running costs would be covered. Alternatively a volunteer without transport would be welcome, but would also have to arrange the booking of transport from a convenient local company.

Entertainment Organiser. During each Course we endeavour to arrange social events for the various ages of musicians in the Band. These can include visits to the Cinema or Bowling Alley, films and games at the School. We would welcome assistance in initiating,               co-ordinating and overseeing these and other activities, in conjunction with the Band Representatives.

For further details of how you can help with these tasks and to volunteer please contact Robert Kitchen,        


The outstanding winning performance at this year’s National Youth Championships of Great Britain by Wardle Academy Youth Band was of our past member Daniel Hall's composition, Smoke Sketches, commissioned for the Championships. Smoke Sketches is an 8 minute work that takes its inspiration from the art of divination — interpreting visions and images from the smoke of an open fire, and was used as the set-test in the Intermediate Section.

The three movement work, comprising sections, 'Into the Blaze', 'A Lonesome Ember' and 'Spark of Light', was written specifically for the event, but is also already being seen as one that could easily be used at Fourth Section level with its energetic jazz and blues character. The other piece played by Wardle in their programme was Penlee, by another former CYBB member, Simon Dobson. In congratulating all 11 bands at the contest, Daniel added a special mention for Wardle's performance, saying: "Never have I ever been so inspired by a youth ensemble's performance; the amount of detail and attention to character was immense; thank you all so much!"


On the 25th May Daniel heard the first performance in Cardiff of his new Euphonium Concerto, inspired by the story of Pinocchio, performed by his friend Matthew Rowe, another CYBB past member. The 18 minute work for euphonium with piano accompaniment was written for Matthew to form part of his final Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama degree recital. Daniel commented, "I wrote it for Matthew as he's such a wonderful player — both with Tongwynlais Band and with the Indigo Brass Quartet who recently won the Philip Jones Ensemble Competition at RWCMD. We are also great friends, so I knew he would enjoy the work."

More recently Daniel’s latest commission was given a world premiere at the recent West of England Bandsman's Festival in Bugle on June 17th. The work, entitled, 'Kodema — Echoes of the Mountain' was written for St. Austell Youth Band, and renewed a special link, as his love for brass bands was nurtured by the band as a youngster before he left Bugle where he lived, to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff. Kodama is an eight minute test or concert piece designed for Fourth Section level, and was commissioned by Anna Minear and St. Austell Youth Band and is dedicated to Anna's father, Peter.

Conductor, Anna Minear was delighted to give the world premiere in the composer's home town contest, and said "It's fantastic to commission a new work by such a talented young composer like Daniel, especially since he is a past member of the band. I remember giving him his first ever music lesson in primary school age 10 and to see how's he's progressed is truly inspirational for the other youngsters following in his footsteps with us”.

In making his name as a major brass band composer Daniel is following in the footsteps of other past CYBB musicians such Christopher Bond and Simon Dobson, whose popular work Penlee, commissioned by the CYBB, was the B Grade test piece in this year’s Australian National Championships.


Thanks from Jayne joy to everyone who donated to the retiring collection at the Cornwall Youth Brass Band Easter concert on Monday 17th April 2017 for Stephen Sykes. “A total of £257.00 was raised which I've already transferred into the 'Save Stephen' fund on behalf of the Band”.

Jayne Joy.


For the Christmas Course this year we are delighted to welcome back Dr Stephen Cobb, Band master of The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army. Stephen was last with us in 2007, when he was accompanied by his son Philip, as Guest Soloist. We are hopeful that Philip, now Principal Trumpet of The London Symphony Orchestra, will be able to join us as well, his orchestral duties permitting.   

DATES for the new CYBB Season are,

Rehearsals at Truro College, Sunday’s 24th September, 22nd October, 26th November,           7th January, 4th February, 18th March.

Courses at Truro High School for Girls, Christmas 27th -30th December, Easter 30th March-2nd April.

AUDITIONS for prospective members.

We are always happy to welcome new musicians to the Band, and will be holding Auditions for new members by arrangement, for those wishing to join for our next season in September. We have another exciting season lined up and hope that you will encourage many of your friends to join you in the Band, you know how good it is, so why not tell them. There is nothing like personal recommendation, so over to you. More information about the Band, joining details, Application Forms, and Auditions are on our Web Site, or speak to Darren.


Our successful Twitter Account continues to build up an impressive list of followers, well over 1000 at the moment, including many well known names in the brass band world.                   

The address is @Thecybb please follow it and make use of it as much as you can.

The Band also has a Facebook page, Keep an eye on it.


We are delighted to welcome Tracey Smith as a Trustee of the Band. A former member, Tracey met her husband Jason in the Band, and their two Children, Morwenna and Elliot are current members. Her Father, Pat, was our Treasurer in the 1990’s and we are delighted to that Tracey is continuing the family connection. We are sorry that James Gore has stepped down as a Trustee, and thank him for his support and dedication over many years.


We are always pleased to welcome new Friends of the Band, even though everyone connected to the Band is a Volunteer, we still need to ensure a regular income to continue our work for your benefit. Please ask Relatives or anyone you know to consider helping us in this way. Our formal details about the Scheme are below. 

Why not become a Friend of the Cornwall Youth Brass Band, which is a self-funding charity. 100% of every £1 you donate will help our young musicians. All our trustees and local tutors give their time to the band entirely without charge.

It is an expensive business running two four-day residential courses for the band, directed by eminent conductors, one at Christmas and one at Easter, to say nothing of the cost of music, percussion instruments and other essentials. We are, therefore, always grateful for donations to help us provide the best possible and most stimulating musical experiences we can for our young musicians.

Ways in which you can be a Friend

  • Set up a standing order
  • Make a one-off donation
  • Make a gift aid declaration, if you are a UK taxpayer, and enable us to claim 25p from the government for every £1 you donate at no cost to you.

As a Friend, you will be entitled to receive our email Winter and Summer Newsletters to keep you up to date with news about the band and its activities. Your donation will be acknowledged in our Concert Programmes. “

Full details of how to make a donation can be found on the CYBB Web Site,



Also, Twitter, @Thecybb.   

                                And  Facebook,

CYBB Administration contact, Roy MacKenzie, 01726 823295.

CYBB Music matters contact, Lead Conductor Darren Hawken,  07817 504036. 

Please pass this Newsletter on to your Parents and Guardians and anyone else you feel may be interested.


  President John Berryman 

Trustees Brian Minear (Chairman) Matthew Julian (Vice Chairman)  Robert Kitchen (Treasurer) Phillip Hunt Darren Hawken   Lyn Blight Megan Thomas Hannah HawkenMarcus Dunstan Helen Rowe Tracey Smith 

Ÿ A Company limited by guarantee Ÿ Registered in England Ÿ Company Number 5796499

Registered Charity Number 1116586 Registered Office Boskessy, Cargreen, Saltash Cornwall PL12 6PA

Founded 1955 Ÿ