Kincardine Youth Brass Band
In the Fall of 2017, The KBB introduced a youth band directed at young people from grade 6-12
Why brass Band?
- brass banding demands a diverse range of abilities in repertoire
- it is a unique ensemble with an interesting history and instrument make=up
- Kincardine is already home to the Kincardine Brass Band, giving young players the opportunity to play along with the adult community, and to advance to higher musicianship
For the KYBB Schedule please refer to the calendar
Kincardine Youth Brass Band Mission Statement
Kincardine Youth Brass Band will:
- provide students with the opportunity to share their talents and musical knowledge through performance
- provide students with the opportunity to travel, to take their talents 'out of town' to share in festivals or with other bands
- provide a musical foundation though individual and ensemble settings in the genre of a standard brass band
Here is a brief plan of how we have organized this ensemble.
- The ensemble will be led by co-directors, Shelley vanVeghel, and Nancy Ross.
- Rehearsals are held on Mondays 4:30-6:30 at Kincardine District Secondary School
- There is a membership fee per term, of $200 for the year. This will cover tuition, instrument usage (for any instruments provided by the band), and music.
- Students meet for large ensemble rehearsals, weekly. One week per month, KBB members may join in with the youth rehearsal, and one week per month, students are asked to join the KBB rehearsal on either a Sunday afternoon, or a Monday evening (This is a useful workaround when the school is unavailable to us)
- Depending on enrollment, students receive a weekly or biweekly individual or small group lesson, during Monday rehearsals
Brass Band Instruments
Part of what makes a brass band unique are the instruments we use. Though we may not have a full instrumentation to begin with, a typical brass band is comprised of the following:
1 Eb cornet - this is small, difficult to play in tune, and may not be part of the early band
8-10 Bb cornets - cornets play in the same range as trumpets, using the same fingering. Though some players may begin by using a trumpet, we will strive to have everyone converted to cornets as instruments become available
1 flugel horn - a flugel horn also uses the same fingerings as a cornet/trpt, but has a much more mellow sound
3-4 Eb alto or tenor horns - though there are 2 names here, this is the same instrument. The horns make up the middle of the band, often playing parts similar to the concert band's French horn. Horns read treble clef music and have the same fingerings as the cornets
2 Bb baritones - are a larger version of a tenor horn in Bb. They are slightly different than euphoniums, but typically in concert bands, few know the difference. Baritones read treble clef music and have the same fingerings as the cornets
2 euphoniums - similar to the baritones, but get more musical, and sometimes more demanding parts. Euphoniums read treble clef music and have the same fingerings as the cornets
2-4 tenor trombones - trombones are exactly the same as any other trombones, except in a brass band, they also read treble clef. It's not difficult to learn the new positions, and we are willing to help if you're absolutely stuck in bass clef
2 Eb basses, 2 Bb basses - these are tubas in the regular world, however, they come in 2 different sizes, often play different parts from each other, read treble clef music, and have the same fingerings as the cornets
Last, but not least, the BASS TROMBONE. - there is typically only one bass trombone in a band, because that's usually all that is ever needed (or wanted). It is a heavy loud instrument, and the only instrument in the band that plays bass clef music.
NOT BRASS INSTRUMENTS:
Percussion - if you want to play percussion in a brass band, you will need to learn how to play keyboard percussion (xylophone/ bells etc), snare drum, bass drum, tympani (if they become available), cymbals, and even a triangle, before you will be asked to play a drumkit, and you will need to learn to read music.
If you are interested in joining the youth band, visit our registration page here, or download the registration form
If you would like to join this organization, a parent volunteer or band executive member,
Please go to our Contact Page, and send us the following information:
- Address and Email
- phone #
- How you would like to be involved (student, parent volunteer, executive)