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A new Academic Year!

September 30, 2016

It's the start of a new academic year in York! Firstly, welcome back to our returning band members who can look forward to another exciting year of brass banding. And welcome to all the first years who are new to York this year. If you are interested in joining the band (as a fresher or a returning student), you will be able to find us at the Fresher's Fair (on 1st October) in central hall. We rehearse every Sunday from 7pm-9pm in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall and it would be great to see some new faces. New and prospective members can also check out our facebook group.

Looking further ahead in the term, the band will be taking part in Easingwold's annual Remembrance parade on Remembrance Sunday. The band has taken part in this event for a number of years now and is proud to be able to do so again.

Naturally, our first term will culminate in seasonal events, especially our winter concert. Keep an eye on the events page as well as our Facebook and Twitter feeds for details near the end of term.

 

Love and Farewell

June 7, 2016

We have had a great summer term so far in York. After an enjoyable day out for many band members at the Whit Friday marches and some fantastic performances at the university Goodfest event and Love York awards, we are now reaching the end of the summer term.

This means that it is time for our annual summer concert, this year entitled Love and Farewell. It will be held in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall (directions) on 12th June, beginning at 2pm. With some brass banding classics alongside more modern music, there promises to be something for everyone. Tickets can be bought on the door, so we look forward to seeing you there!

 

Summer Term Ahead

April 28, 2016

After a fantastic spring term, including an enjoyable weekend at UniBrass 2016 and a great performance at the National Railway Museum, we have now reached the summer term in York.

We began with the election of a new committee, so the band can continue to go from strength to strength next year. Later in the term will see the band playing at the university "Love York" awards and "Goodfest", which will be fantastic events to be a part of.

Nearer the end of term, on 12th June, will be our end of term concert in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall. Look out for more details about that on here and our Facebook and Twitter pages-as always it promises to be a very enjoyable event.

And looking further ahead, the University of York is very excited to host UniBrass 2017, so keep an eye on the UniBrass Website for updates.

 

A new term for UYBB

February 1, 2016

After the christmas break, we are now busy with spring rehearsals in York. The highlight of the term is the University Brass Band Championships of Great Britain (UniBrass), which will see the band compete against university brass bands from across the country. The competition will be hosted by Warwick University at the Warwick arts centre on 20th February and tickets for the event can be purchased through their website. In case you can't make it, the event and results will be streamed live on the unibrass website so be sure to have a look!

We some other fantastic events in York this term, including a joint music societies concert at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall (where tickets can be purchased on the door) on 13th February at 7:30pm.

 

The festive season approaches

November 12, 2015

We have had a fantastic start to the term, with some great new players and the election of our new conductor, Ross Gubby, who is currently in his first year studying for a BA in Music (see the committee page for more information about Ross). Now, as Christmas approaches, the calendar is quickly filling up with festive events. York is known for its big Christmas market - the St Nicholas Christmas Market. Once again, we have been invited to perform at this event and so you can hear us on Parliament Street in York from 6:30pm on 26th November and 3rd December. If you're visiting the market, come along and listen-we'll be playing a selection of popular Christmas music.

Our big event this term is the annual winter concert-our Festive Showcase. We are playing a selection of popular brass music as well as some festive favourites, so it promises to be a great seasonal event with something for everyone. The concert is on 29th November at 7:30pm in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall (directions) and tickets can be purchased on the door. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Welcome back to a busy term!

September 27, 2015

It's the start of a new academic year in York! Firstly, welcome back to our returning band members who can look forward to another exciting year of brass banding. And welcome to all the first years who are new to York this year. If you are interested in joining the band (as a fresher or a returning student), you will be able to find us at the Fresher's Fair (on 3rd October) in central hall. We'll also be performing outside central hall from 11:45, so come along and listen. We rehearse every Sunday from 7pm-9pm in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall and it would be great to see some new faces. New and prospective members can also check out our facebook group.

Looking further ahead in the term, we are delighted to have been invited to perform at the Chancellors Inauguration. It takes place on 27th October between 6:30pm and 7:45pm outside central hall and looks to be a fantastic event. The band will also be taking part in Easingwold's annual Remembrance parade on Remembrance Sunday. The band has taken part in this event for a number of years now and is proud to be able to do so again.

Naturally, no first term would be complete without seasonal events, especially our winter concert. Keep an eye on the events page as well as our Facebook and Twitter feeds for details near the end of term.

 

Fanfare and Flourishes

June 8, 2015

The band had a fantastic time at the Whit Friday Marches this year and is now looking towards our final performances of the academic year. One such event is at the YUSU awards on the evening of 6th of June, so be sure to look out for us if you're going.
UYBB have spent much of the term preparing for our annual summer concert. This will take place on 14th June at 7:30 pm in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall (directions). Tickets can be purchased on the door (3 students and 5 Adults). It is a great opportunity to see the wide variety of music we have played this year. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

A busy summer ahead!

May 2, 2015

UYBB have had a fantastic start to the term. The first week of term saw the election of a new committee, so the band can continue to go from strength to strength next year. This was closely followed by our performance as part of the annual roses sports tournament against Lancaster University (won by the University of York), which was a great event to be a part of.
Looking towards the rest of term, we will be competing in the Whit Friday Marches on the 29th May, so look out for us if you'll be going to Saddleworth to watch.
Nearer the end of term, on 14th June, will be our end of term concert in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall. Look out for more details about that on here and our Facebook and Twitter pages-as always it promises to be a very enjoyable concert.
Finally, our Unibrass 2015 performance is now available to view via YouTube and on our contests page, so be sure to sure to have a look if you weren't able to see us on the day!

 

Another Term Ends in York

March 10, 2015

After a thoroughly enjoyable day at Unibrass 2015, the term is coming to an end in York. The band is now busy practising music ready for the summer term, culminating in the annual summer concert. It will be on 14th June, so look out for further details coming soon. As well as electing a new committee next term, the band is also looking forward to competing in the Whit Friday marches on 29th May, which is always a great event for the band to take part in.

 

Spring Term for UYBB

January 28, 2015

After a fantastic start to the academic year with our concert last winter, UYBB is now into spring term rehearsals. The highlight of the term will be the band's performance at the University Brass Band Championships of Great Britain (UniBrass), which will see the band compete against university brass bands from across the country. This year it takes place at the Warwick Arts Centre on 14th February and tickets for the event can be purchased on their website. In case you can't make it, the event and results will be streamed live on the UniBrass website so be sure to have a look!

 

UYBB prepares for Winter

November 12, 2014

As the festive season approaches, UYBB is busy preparing for winter. On 20th November, we'll be playing at the "Festive First Night" for the Christmas lights switch on in York city centre. We're playing from 5:30pm, so be sure to come and listen-it should be a great event!

The band will then be ending the term on a high with the Winter Soiree. Taking place on 30th November at 7:30pm, this concert will be showcasing some of the varied music we've been working on throughout the term. This year we're in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall (directions) and tickets can be purchased on the door. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

A New Academic Year for UYBB

September 26, 2014

A new academic year is dawning at the University of York. Inevitably, this sees many of the band's long-standing members move on past university to higher things, most notably the conductor, Leo Conroy, who leaves us after conducting for a fantastic 18 months. As such, this year we welcome Ryan Durkan, a music student who has played trombone for the band over the last year, as our new conductor.

As well as welcoming back current members, the band is also looking forward to seeing any new members who wish to join-both brass (or percussion)-playing Freshers who are new to the university and wish to take part in an exciting society and any current students who wish to join a few years into their course. We are a non-auditioning band who rehearse on Sunday evenings (7pm-9pm) and play a wide variety of music of various standards, so there is something for everyone. Make sure to come and see us at Freshers Fair in Central Hall on Saturday 4th of October for more information!

 

Spring Concert next weekend and Unibrass results

March 2, 2014

If you haven't heard already, UYBB were delighted to retain 3rd in the Unibrass University Brass Band Championships, held at the University of Warwick with added glassware for 'Best Entertainment'!

And a quick reminder about our spring concert, the annual "Massed Brass", collaborating with local Shepherd Group Brass Band, a week today on Sunday 9th March.

 

Spring Concert and Unibrass 2014

March 2, 2014

Sunday 9th March brings us to our spring concert - Massed Brass with UYBB and Shepherd Group Brass Band. Held in the Jack Lyons Concert Hall and starting at 19:30, tickets are 3 for students, 4 for concessions and 5 for adults. Buy on the door or contact the box office on 01904 322459 or email boxoffice (at) york.ac.uk. We hope to see you there!



There's another performance from UYBB the weekend after as the Unibrass contest is almost upon us, where we hope to do just as well as our excellent 3rd place performance last year - if not better.
This year, the contest is being held on Saturday 15th February at the University of Warwick, tickets can be bought from the Warwick Arts Centre Website, or on the door.

Best of luck to everyone competing this year!

 

Winter Concert

November 6, 2013

Winter is coming, and so is our first concert of the year, off campus at St.Lawrence Church (oddly enough, on St. Lawrence Street!). Hope to see you there!



 

Welcome to UYBB - Freshers 2013!

September 25, 2013

Welcome to the University of York Brass Band - to returning members and those interested in joining us. Currently we rehearse in the Jack Lyons Concert Hall every Sunday of term from 19:00 - 20:30, with a wander to the pub afterwards for a drink and a natter. Players of all abilities welcome - come and see us at freshers fair on the 5th of October to find out more!

 

Summer Concert TONIGHT! 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

June 22, 2013

The end of term is almost upon us, and we are happy to announce that our summer concert is tonight at 7:30pm in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall. It's sure to be an evening of entertainment and good music.

Tickets are available on the door, 5 for adults, 3 concessions.

See you there!

PS - If you're on campus today - UYBB are also playing at Woodstock at 3:30pm

 

Spring Concert and reaction from Unibrass

March 5, 2013

--Spring Concert with Shepherd Group Brass Band

We are pleased to announce that our Spring Concert 'Massed Brass' with Shepherd Group Brass Band will be at 7:30pm on Sunday 10th of March at the Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University Of York. Tickets are 5 for adults and 3 for concessions.

--UniBrass!

A few weeks ago, UYBB were proud to achieve 3rd place in the UniBrass brass band contests held at Lancaster University. Here is a press release from the Music Department about our achievements..

You can watch the band's full performance by clicking on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBNlOcxvIII&feature=youtu.be

Over the weekend, the University of York Brass Band competed in the third annual UniBrass competition, held at Lancaster University. The competition saw 14 university brass bands from all over the country compete for the coveted first prize.

The UYBB have been rehearsing their programme twice-weekly for five weeks in the run up to the contest in both the Music Department and rooms across campus providing free entertainment for college porters from Wentworth to Derwent.

All the hard work paid off, and the band was placed a fantastic third behind Huddersfield and Manchester Universities, whose members are predominantly music students. York's programme was lauded as varied and well executed, with many musical elements admired by the adjudicators.

The entertainment aspect of the competition was also congratulated. Beginning with some great acting by the MD and the UYBB's very own "Dixieland Sextet", it culminated in a superbly impressive stop-motion animation, created by Nick Moody to accompany the band's performance of The Gael from 'The Last of the Mohicans'.

Charlotte Heaven, a first year Biology student, received gushing praise from the judges, audience members and Twitter uses alike for her phenomenal performance of Roy Newsome's cornet solo Concord.

Having come last in the competition two years ago, the UYBB leapt exponentially to fourth place in 2012 under the leadership of Matthew Thomas.
Leo Conroy pushed the band that extra bit further into the medal table - a fantastic endorsement of the immense amount of time, effort and dedication he has invested into the band since taking up the baton in January. Adjudicator David Childs praised the entire performance as "a well presented programme, ably lead from the middle".


Of the band's performance, Leo said: "In my eyes, the result completely reflects the performance. The weeks of preparation led to a memorable performance that was quite rightly worthy of a trophy. We displayed such showmanship, quality and composure - which is not at all easy in a contesting environment. Let's hope we can carry on this standard of performance leading into Whit Friday, and bring back some prize money!"