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City & County Youth Wind Band (CCYWB)

The Derbyshire City & County Youth Wind Band is one of the flagship large ensembles for Derby and Derbyshire, bringing together many of the most talented young musicians from schools and music centres across the city and county

The band usually meets for two residential courses a year in October and March as well as for special projects and festivals including the National Concert Band Festival.

The Band prepares high-standard music in rehearsals with accomplished instrumentalists tutoring for the duration of courses and rehearsals, with time for recreation and socialising with like-minded musicians from across the city and county. Each course culminates in a high-profile performance at venues across Derbyshire.

Members of CCYWB are often players in their local music centre or schools bands and ensembles, with many continuing with CCYWB up to leaving school.

The band is directed by Mark Heron with recent performances including Paris Sketches (Ellerby(, First and Second Suites (Holst), Grand Central Station (Hess) and Incantation and Dance (Barnes Chance). See the full CCYWB concerts and events archive for more.

City & County Youth Wind Band (CCYWB) diary

Autumn Residential Course
Sunday 23 – Wednesday 26 October 2022 at Whitemoor Lakes


Join the City & County Youth Wind Band

Entrance into the City & County Youth Wind Band (CCYWB) is done by audition, where applicants are expected to be of at least grade 6.

Upcoming auditions

Monday 18 July, evening
The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick DE55 1AU
(For the City & County Youth Wind Band)

Competition for places is quite high, and we expect many players who are given a place in this ensemble to be up to, and beyond grade 8 standard.

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