After a late night, early morning, hours on the bus, and a day of rehearsals and sound checks, the 2011 the Triangle Youth Brass Band (TYBB) players had their first performance of the weekend in Kettering, Ohio. Next stop: Ohio State University. Earlier this month, this highly acclaimed band played to standing ovations alongside some of the country’s finest brass players at the Ohio Brass Arts Festival. Never missing a beat, the young musicians went to rehearsal the following Monday, in preparation for the final concert of the season.
The Cary-based band was formed in 1997 and has been under the direction of Tony Granados since 2001. The youth band was an offshoot of the adult Triangle Brass Band to enrich and educate talented young brass players in the Triangle. In 2007 a second youth band was formed, the Triangle Youth Brass Ensemble (TYBE). Between the two youth bands there are 65 musicians aged 13-18 years.
Players are accepted by audition and make a 9-month commitment to rehearsals, local concerts, and a 3-day tour of Ohio. The music they play is hard, and forces them to focus; a focus that shows in their performance. “They don’t just play the music, they interpret it and connect with it,” Granados said. Together, TYBB and TYBE are 9-time champions at the North American Brass Band Association Youth Division Championships.
Besides the challenge of the music and the opportunity to play with other talented kids from around the Triangle, TYBB players learn from world renowned brass musicians. Terry Everson, Professor of Trumpet at Boston University, held a clinic for the band and was a guest soloist at the February concert. Just a few of the past guests include Jens Lindemann, former trumpet player for Canadian Brass and Professor of Trumpet at UCLA, and Michael Kris, Professor of Low Brass at UNC-Chapel Hill.
One of the band’s major challenges is funding. TYBB is supported primarily through member dues, donations and ticket sales. The band’s instruments are 25 years old, purchased for TBB in 1986, and then given to TYBB in 1997. Tony said they are working toward the goal of $50,000 for a new set. For the best sound, the musicians would play with a matching set of instruments.
The final concert of the season is May 22nd at 7:00pm at Meymandi Music Hall. The first half of the concert will feature TYBE, conducted by Jesse Rackley, and the second half TYBB, conducted by Granados. Expect to hear marches, lyrical selections and orchestral works interpreted by some of the Triangle’s most talented musicians.
Learn how to help TYBB get new instruments: http://www.trianglebrass.org/node/89
Visit TYBB, TYBE and TBB online: http://www.trianglebrass.org/
Listen to TYBB: http://www.youtube.com/user/TriangleYouthBB