History of the Band
NMYBB was formed in April 1987 when 20 enthusiastic young brass players responded to an advert in the Methodist Recorder and met together at Surbiton Hill Methodist Church. After just two lengthy and concentrated rehearsals they gave a creditable first concert and then on the Sunday participated in morning worship by playing the voluntaries and accompanying all the hymns. The National Methodist Youth Brass Band had been orn. It was evident from that first weekend that there was potential and promise for such a band and that God’s Spirit was urging it on. Since then, we have met up around the country for 4 or 5 “Band Weekends” a year.
In 1988, NMYBB embarked on their first summer Tour, visiting the South Coast of England. This was so successful that tours became an annual event, visiting Methodist Churches around the UK and also further abroad. In recent years, most Tours have been around the British Isles, but we still travel abroad occasionally.
Throughout its history the band has performed at a number of large Christian gatherings and events; “Spring Harvest” in Darlington, “Easter People” in Scarborough, Torquay, Blackpool and Bournemouth, the “Share Jesus” mission in Cornwall, and most recently at “Cliff Fest” in 2014.
NMYBB has also appeared on TV playing in a live BBC coverage of a Sunday morning worship service from Scarborough, and have led the singing for a live Radio 4 broadcast of a special open-air evening service from St Ives. The band also performed for the 300th Birthday of Charles Wesley at The Queen’s Theatre, Burslem and marked the 200th Anniversary of Primitive Methodism atop Mow Cop, both events being aired on Sky TV. ther prestigious performances include participation in the Methodist Conferences in Leeds, Westminster, Ipswich and Wolverhampton, an ordination in Chester Cathedral, playing for the World Council of Churches in Geneva, as well as appearing at the European Methodist Festival held in Potsdam, Germany, again celebrating the 300th Anniversary of the birth of John Wesley.
Over the years the band has not only undoubtedly enjoyed the challenges of making music together but have had a great deal of fun together, enjoyed good fellowship and have grown in their faith together.