About us

Formed in 1963, the Hampshire County Youth Bands aim to provide a wide range of performance and educational opportunities for brass and percussion students resident in Hampshire. It is funded by the Hampshire Music Service as part of the network of highly successful musical opportunities they provide.

The Hampshire County Youth Band heads the county youth band pyramid that also includes the Hampshire County Training Band and Hampshire County Junior Band. Each ensemble undertakes their own series of performances in Hampshire and beyond. This brass band structure enables students to work together in a variety of performance and educational opportunities. All three bands rehearse each Saturday morning during term time in Alresford near Winchester. In addition there is an Endangered Species Group tutoring beginners in some of the larger instruments. Auditions for membership are held each year.

As well as regular concerts in and around Hampshire, notable recent performance locations have included the Royal Albert Hall and tours to Sommieres, France and Prague, Czech Republic. The Bands have enjoyed performing alongside notable professionals, including Superbrass, Bones Apart, Owen Farr, Christopher Houlding, Dave Childs, Steve Waterman, Mark Nightingale, Oren Marshall, and Oompah Brass.