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70 years of memories at NYBBGB reunion

Wednesday 4 May, 2022

Alumni of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB) have descended on Harrogate as part of celebrations to mark the organisation’s 70th anniversary.

Former players travelled from all over the UK for the event on Friday, April 15, with 25 players meeting at Harrogate Ladies’ College, where the NYBBGB Easter course was also taking place. They were treated to tea and anniversary cake, followed by listening to a dress rehearsal from the current band.

Three alumni who had been at the first ever National Youth Brass Band in 1952 attended and there were representatives from every decade.

The alumni then formed their own reunion band. Following a meal in the canteen and a short rehearsal under the baton of Robert Childs, the reunion band performed to the young people with a programme that included The Cossack by William Rimmer, The Day Thou Gavest by Philip Wilby, Laudate Dominum by Edward Gregson and Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, arranged by Goff Richards.

The event was organised by the newly formed alumni and associates committee, with more reunion events planned for the future.

Meanwhile, the NYBBGB has announced that alumnus Richard Hillson has accepted the role of chairperson of the alumni and associates committee. A cornet player who played in the NYBBGB in the late 1990s, Richard studied law at the University of Nottingham and has worked in investment banking for 20 years.

He hopes to use his professional skills in finance, management and fundraising to help the NYBBGB develop and grow. Richard currently plays cornet with Triangle Brass Band in North Carolina, USA.

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