How to join

Want to join the NCBB or NYBB? There are lots of opportunities to audition. You can find out more about the audition process, open days and courses here.


We want you to have a great audition so we do everything to help.

First of all, we don’t charge you a fee. That’s a good start.

Then we make sure the day runs smoothly - we send you details of when and where the audition will take place with everything you need to make getting there easier. When you arrive, there’ll be a warm up room for you to practice and then you’ll be invited in to do the audition. For more details please first apply via the link below.

At the end of the day we hold a master class for all the participants so that you can get some top tips on the fundamentals of playing a brass or percussion instrument. We’ll cover things like posture, breathing, stamina, sight reading etc.

Finally, we’ll be in touch as soon as we can. You’ll hear if you’ve reached the minimum standard within seven days. By early December you’ll know if you’ve made it into the band.

Choose your music here - NCBB study listNYBB study list (or two self choice contrasting pieces to an equivalent standard) and to apply just click here.

Open days

The NYBB host two free-of-charge open days each year. If you are a talented brass or percussion player between the age of 8 and 18, you can come along and experience what it would be like to be part of the NYBB or NCBB.

You will have the opportunity to play with the band, receive coaching from some of the band's team of top musicians, as well as audition for a place.


Courses for the Youth Band are a week long and held twice a year. The first is usually held around Easter and the second in the Summer, usually in July.

The Children's Band holds a single one week course each year, again usually in July.

  • Start auditions: noon
  • Finish auditions: 4pm
  • Length of audition: 20 mins
  • What will be covered: usually solo, then study, then scales and sight-reading
  • What's the vibe: relaxed and friendly
  • Who will be listening: the NYBB auditioner

Apply to join