PYBB Newsletter 

February 6th 2020


Welcome to the new members who have recently joined. We hope that you have a long and enjoyable career with PYBB, developing your musicianship while enjoying the social side of banding through friendships.

The guidance document for new members can be viewed here. Please take time to read this.

The main focus in next two months is for the Youth Band is to prepare for the National Youth Brass Band Championships at the end of March.  An important part of the preparation will be the Youth Band Residential Training Weekend.  See below for details of both. 

As we enter the new calendar year we will be arranging concerts and events, the details of which will be notified on these newsletters.

If any parents or guardians would like to be involved in the running of the organisation as part of the committee, please come and talk to any of the committee on Friday rehearsal nights.

Also, if you know any young person who plays a brass instrument, and is not already a PYBB member, and would like to join us, please encourage them to do so.  We have vacancies at all ability levels.


Youth Band Residential Training Weekend – March 2020

The dates for the residential training weekend are Friday 13th March until Sunday 15th March. 

The Youth Band training weekend’s primary purpose will be to prepare the Youth Band for their participation in the National Youth Brass Band Championships on 28th March (see below). The Saturday, of the weekend, will be a full day of sectional rehearsals that will be run by specialist tutors. Full attendance is essential.


The venue is the White Hall Outdoor Education Centre near Buxton, run by Derbyshire County Council.

Arriving between 17.30 and 18.00 on the evening of Friday 13th March, activities will take place until the afternoon of Sunday 15th March, finishing at approximately 16.00. Accommodation is on a full board basis including two cooked evening meals (main course and dessert on Friday and Saturday), two full cooked breakfasts (on Saturday and Sunday) and two cold lunches (on Saturday and Sunday).

On the Sunday, there will be organised centre-based team building activities. Outdoor clothing and footwear will be required for some of these activities.


We will be asking parents to contribute half towards the cost of the weekend. The cost per person is £60. Please make your payment as soon as possible.

Payment details are as follows:

Preferred payment method is by bank transfer to

Account name: Poynton Youth Brass Band

Account number: 83042561

Sort Code: 09-01-28

Reference: your family name

Alternatively, cheques made payable to ‘Poynton Youth Brass Band’ or by cashcard / credit card at Friday rehearsal.


Parents are asked to read the information from the White Hall that can be accessed via the following links;

Parents Information for the White Hall Visit

Information for Young People


Information about the White Hall Outdoor Education Centre can be found on their website.

Fully completed consent will need to be completed for each attendee. These forms will be handed out at band rehearsal.


National Youth Brass Band Championships - Saturday 28th March

Please make a note of this date for all Youth Band players. Saturday 28th March 2020. This is the date of the National Youth Brass Band Championships, to be held at the Magna Science Centre in Rotherham. The Youth Band will be competing against 17 other youth bands in the ‘Championship Section’.

Coach travel will be provided to and from Poynton Methodist Church.

It is essential that we have a full band for the contest, for the training weekend (see above) and for all rehearsals, including the extra rehearsals leading up to the day of the contest, as the competition will be of the highest standard.  Poynton Youth Brass Band is investing a great deal of time and money to enable the Youth Band to compete in this contest. All the players need to play their part too.  

All Youth Band players need to be in attendance on the following dates:-

·         All Fridays up to and including Friday 27th March from 7.00pm until 9.15pm at Poynton Methodist Church (except 13th March)

·         Residential Training Weekend Friday 13th March to Sunday 15th March at Whitehall Outdoor Education Centre

·         Extra rehearsals on Tuesday 17th March and Tuesday 24th March from 7.30pm until 9.00pm at Lower Park Primary School, Hazelbadge Rd, Poynton, Stockport SK12 1HE

·         Contest day Saturday 28th March (all day)


Details of the contest, including the list of competitors, can be found by clicking here.


Signing in for all band members and collecting children from Theory Class on Friday nights

Please ensure that all band members sign in prior to the start of rehearsals on Friday nights. We require a full register of all band members in attendance to ensure that everyone is accounted for in the eventuality of an evacuation of the building.

At the conclusion of the Theory Class on Friday nights, we ask for parents / guardians to collect their children from the classroom at 9.00pm and to sign them out.  We ask this as part of our ongoing commitment to ensure the safety and well being of all those who are entrusted into our care.


Important! - If You Cannot Attend a Rehearsal, Job, or Concert

It is important that each of the bands enjoy full commitment for rehearsals, concerts, contests and jobs. If for any reason you cannot attend we ask that you give us as much notice as possible.  A diary is available on rehearsal evenings for the use of players to enter future absences. For short notice absences we ask that you text or call 07429 615881.


Concerts, contests, jobs and other activities

Since the last newsletter we have added a number of concerts and other events. Please make a note of these for your diaries.

If you are uncertain about any of the arrangements, or if you cannot attend for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible by sending a text or calling 07429 615881.  Poynton Youth Brass Band can also be contacted via the website. 



Friday 13th March to Sunday 15th March 2020

Residential training weekend,
White Hall Outdoor Education Centre, near Buxton

Youth Band

See above

Saturday 28th March 2020

National Youth Brass Band Championships
Magna Science Centre, Rotherham

Youth Band

All day

Coach travel provided

Saturday 27th June 2020

Joint Concert with Hazel Grove Brass Band
Poynton Methodist Church

Youth Band

Meet at 7.00pm

Sunday 12th July 2020

Higher Poynton Summerfest

Youth Band

Saturday 18th July 2020

Summer Concert
Poynton Methodist Church

All Groups

Meet at 7.00pm

Sunday 20th September 2020

Brough Park, Leek

Youth Band, Junior and Training Band

Afternoon concert

Friday 11th December 2020

Christmas Concert

All Groups

Meet at 7.00pm




Dropping off and picking up players at Poynton Methodist Church  

We ask all drivers not to drive onto the area in front of the church when dropping off and picking up players. This is for safety reasons but also because the church administrators have specifically asked us not to drive vehicles on to the tarmac area in front of the church building.


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Poynton Youth Brass Band is in partnership with The Love Music Trust. The Love Music Trust is an Arts Council funded organisation set up to promote music services for young people in the Cheshire East county. Information about The Love Music Trust can be obtained on their web site at


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