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TYBB Flash Mob!

Shoppers at the Streets at Southpoint were treated to a free surprise concert by the Triangle Youth Brass Bands Friday night. People dressed sharply in all black carrying instruments drew only a little attention as they tried to discreetly become part of the crowd. But when a lone cornet player began to play, observers became curious. Trumpets, trombones and other brass instruments joined in from all directions, playing a single note together, until the full band was assembled. Shoppers passing through the area stopped to see what was going on, and people who had gathered at the fountain turned their attention to the band.

The band took a break from their regular repertoire of classical music to play popular songs, starting with the most popular, Thriller. They followed that with Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer , and finished with two songs by Journey, Separate Ways and Don’t Stop Believing . The talented young brass players made the jump to pop music naturally.  The music was upbeat and melodious, perfect for a Friday night at the mall.

After the last song, the band members dispersed and vanished as quickly as they had gathered. The audience, which had grown throughout the performance, was enthusiastic and appreciative. The flash mob was well-timed, well-planned, and the music well-suited for the audience.  But most importantly, it was a fun surprise concert.

You can catch TYBB in their final concert of the season Sunday, May 22 at 7:00pm, featuring student soloists Cameron Cobb (tuba), Sean Blye (trombone), and Nick Simpson (Cornet).

TYBB Flash Mob

Note from TYBB

The Triangle Youth Brass Band is currently performing on the original set of instruments purchased by the Triangle Brass Band over 25 years ago. With the formation of the Brass Ensemble, it is necessary to purchase a new set of brass band instruments for the Youth Band to play on. This is a huge undertaking, as a complete set of instruments can cost nearly $60,000. The Triangle Youth Brass Band is the premiere youth organization of its kind in the United States, catering to nearly 70 young musicians each season, possessing a combined 9 North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) National Championships between the two bands.

Our goal is to purchase a matched set of instruments with the following instrumentation: 1 Eb Soprano Cornet, 10 Bb Cornets, 1 Bb Flugelhorn, 4 Eb Tenor Horns, 2 Bb Baritones, 2 Euphoniums, 3 Tenor Trombones, 1 Bass Trombone, 2 Eb Tubas, 2 BBb Tubas, 1 Vibraphone, and 1 Marimba.

We need your help!!! With your generous donation (tax-deductible), you will help secure a bright and fruitful future for the Youth Bands for another 25 years. You will also be listed in our concert programs under our DONORS BAND, in recognition of your support.

Please go to our website at to help contribute to the future of the Triangle Youth Brass Bands.


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2 Responses

  1. Oh my gosh! I wish I had been there!

  2. I’ve always wanted to see a flash mob! Wish I had been there!