Youth Bands Open Season

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Saturday February 16 @ 8:oo PM at Meymandi Hall in the  Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts in Downton Raleigh. Tickets are available at the door for $15 Adults / $5 students, or online ahead of time from Crown Tickets

Listen to This…  The Award Winning Youth Bands perform an eclectic mix of music featuring Guest Trumpet soloist Mark Clodfelter and TBB Music Director Tony Granados as tuba soloist.




Festmusic der Stadt Wein – Richard Strauss art. Eric Banks

Suite from Hymn of the Highlands – Philip Sparke

He Wipes the Tear From Every Eye – Don Morrison ed. Steve Sykes
Tony Granados, Tuba Soloist

Hinode – Peter Graham


Light Cavalry Overture – Franz von Suppe

Carmen Fantasy – Georges Bizet / Arr. Frank Proto
Trumpet Solo Mark Clodfelter

Moorside Suite – Gustav Holst

Fire in the Blood – Paul Lovatt Cooper



The Triangle Youth Brass Band, located in the Raleigh/Cary area of North Carolina, was formed in 1997 as an expansion of the Triangle Brass Band’s educational endeavors. The organization consists of two bands, the Triangle Youth Brass Band and the Triangle Youth Brass Ensemble, and nearly 70 of the Triangle’s most talented young musicians participate. The TYBB’s mission is to provide an opportunity for the finest area high school brass and percussion players to supplement their wind band experience by performing in a British-style brass band and to raise the level of brass playing in the area.

The Youth Brass Bands maintain a strict instrumentation based on the British brass band tradition. B-flat and E-flat cornets, E-flat tenor horns, and B-flat baritones are used in addition to trombones, bass trombone, euphoniums, tubas, and percussion. In addition to contemporary pieces written for brass band, the groups’ repertoire includes orchestral and band transcriptions, solo accompaniment, and original works created specifically for the youth bands. Students also have the opportunity to perform chamber music in small quartets or quintets. For both ensembles, membership is by recommendation and audition, and the season lasts from November to May each year. Both bands perform at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts’ Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. The Youth Band program also sponsors clinics and master classes with guest artists and conductors.

In its first season, TYBB gave only one performance, but the program grew swiftly; Matt Edwards, Stephen Lytle, John Enloe, and Randy Guptill conducted that year. Guptill took over as director for the 1998-1999 school year and served until its current director, Tony Granados, came aboard in January 2001. As the program has flourished, so has its reputation. The Triangle Youth Brass Band often travels and performs outside the Triangle area of North Carolina. Recent tours have taken the band to the North American Brass Band Association Championships, where the band earned First Place Honors in the Youth Division in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012. The TYBB were featured performers at the Great American Brass Band Festival in 2003, visited Atlanta to perform with the Georgia Brass Band in 2005, toured Connecticut and performed with the US Coast Guard Band in 2008, and performed for the City of Greensboro’s Independence Day fireworks celebration in 2006 and 2008. The youth bands have also performed with the Triangle Wind Ensemble and Concert Singers of Cary on their annual Memorial Day Concert, and traveled to Columbus, Ohio in April 2011 to perform at the Ohio Brass Arts Festival.

In 2007, the program expanded with the formation of an additional band, the Triangle Youth Brass Ensemble. Conducted by Paul Pietrowski in its inaugural year, and Jon Caldwell in the second and third seasons, the TYBE won the Youth Open division of the North American Brass Band Association’s Championship competition in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2012. The TYBE is currently under the Direction of TYBB Alumnus Jesse Rackley.