Youth Band Strengthen Links

Posted by Ian Raisbeck on 22 April 2014

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Bousie MYBBFoden's Youth Band would like to congratulate all of young musicians who performed at the recent National Youth Brass Band Championships in Salford.

In order to thank them for their support, Foden's Youth Band recently provided assistance to two local Youth Bands in preparation for their National Youth Championships performances.

Mark Bousie visited Macclesfield Youth Band to put them through their paces. Mark is no stranger to the Championships, having previously conducted numerous prize winning performances with Sellers International Youth Band and St Helens Youth Band. Mark now work regularly alongside Michael Fowles as a conductor with the Foden's Youth Band. Louise Renshaw (Musical Director of Macclesfield Youth Brass Band) said:

"Having someone of Mark's experience put our bands through their paces just before the contest worked really well. Not only was he able to polish the performance but he boosted the players' individual confidence and pushed them musically. I enjoyed being able to stand back and listen and watch too. One week later we had our best ever result at the Nationals with a gold award and 4th place for the youth band and a bronze for the Juniors band. Thanks Mark and Foden's, come back soon!"

wilky with wilsonMeanwhile, Mark Wilkinson was enlisted to help prepare Lions Youth Brass, and in particular their principal cornet Wilson Taylor for his solo feature during their programme. The talented young cornet player will be studying music at Birmingham Conservatoire in September.

Both Macclesfield and Lions were awarded Gold for their performances, with Lions also being placed 2nd in the Championship section. All at Foden's would like to pass on our congratulations to both organisations, as well as to the countless others who are working hard to encourage the next generation of brass and percussion players.

Later this year, a third organisation, Stockport Schools Brass Band, will benefit from the same scheme when Baritone star Natsumi McDonald visits their rehearsal.

For more information about this scheme, or Foden's Youth Band, please see our Youth Band pages.

For any conductor and every audience, Foden’s Band is a musical Magic Carpet. It continually takes the listener to places that few other ensembles rarely even approach Howard Snell