Brass Band Virtual Recordings

It’s been a hard year for everyone, and tough for players around the world to no longer be able to join together and make music. That’s not to say, though, that we’ve been doing nothing throughout the year. We’ve continued to socials virtually, and made a number of virtual recordings, now available on our YouTube channel.

This term, Summer 2021, we’ve finally been able to get back together and rehearse for UniBrass 2021. This year UniBrass is being held in Sheffield as a non-competitive event with a mixture of in-person and pre-recorded University Brass Bands. It feels great to be back in the band room with a goal to work towards, and we’re looking forward to the competition!

Branching out

We hope you are all doing well in these unprecedented and uncertain times.
We are excited to announce that the band is branching out in terms of social media. Follow us on Instagram (@_uybb_) for wholesome content! There are no posts yet, however we expect to be posting soon.

An update

We were hoping not to have to write this post, but sadly it has come to it. YUSU has advised, in accordance with University and government advice, that we cancel all group meetings and performances next term. This means we shall not be holding rehearsals, attending WhitFriday, and we will be cancelling our summer concert. It is a real shame to have to cut this year short!

On a more positive note, the committee would like to say that we are very proud of the work the band has put in this year.


One more year, one more UniBrass. As always, a huge thank you to the UniBrass organising committee and trustees for running this fantastic event.
“UYBB was excited to head back down to Bangor for another year of UniBrass! It was a very fun weekend and I am so proud of everyone for playing so well! Our score was comparable to last year and some of the judges constructive feedback from previous years was really worked on and this was reflected in this year’s comments! Overall, a very fun weekend and I look forward to trying out some new music for the rest of the term!” – UYBB Chair

Winter Concert

On 1st December, the band had a fabulous winter concert with the York Railway Institute Band. Many thanks to York RI for agreeing to take part and for helping to make the evening such a success. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and hope for more such collaborations in the future!

Carols at the Minster

The band were please to be invited back to the Minster to accompany the UYCU and YSJCU carol service yesterday evening. It is always a privilege to be allowed to perform in such a magnificent venue! Our thanks to both the UoY and YSJ Christian Unions, and the Minster for putting on such a lovely event.

Photo credit: Eleanor Ashworth

On our esteemed guests, the York RI Band

It is just over a week before our winter concert with York Railway Institute Band! Mark the evening of 1st December in your diaries. We are sure it will be a night to remember!

York Railway Institute Band was established in 1883 by Noah Bruce, and is York’s oldest and most successful brass band. The band’s name has changed a number of times over its history. It was originally called Chaucer Street Mission Band, and finally took on the name of York Railway Institute Band after allying itself to York Railway Institute in 1952 – the majority of members being railwaymen at that time.
Their musical director, Dr David Lancaster, studied music at York and Cambridge universities, and subsequently worked as a composer and freelance trumpeter in the UK and Europe. Dr Lancaster lives in York and works as Director of Music at York St John University, teaching composition and managing the university’s music programmes.
More information about the band can be found on their website.

Remembrance Sunday

This year, the 100th year of Remembrance, the band once more had the honour of taking part in the Easingwold Remembrance Service and leading the parade. We are proud to be able to continue supporting the local community and representing the University of York.

St. John the Baptist and All Saints’ Church, Easingwold

Photo credit: Eleanor Ashworth

Freshers Fair

We are drawing close to Freshers Fair, which will be held this Saturday (5th October).The UYBB stall (# 28) will be in the Sports Centre Main Hall (Zone 6). Please do come along, sign up to the mailing list, and have a chat!