Triangle Youth Brass Bands 2016-17

Good Morning,       

        Jesse Rackley and Matt Edwards are recruiting students to join the Triangle Youth Brass Bands program for the 2016-17 season.  The Triangle Brass youth ensembles are British-style brass bands for accomplished brass and percussion students in grades 8-12.  The ensembles are geared to providing a unique musical opportunity for the strongest players and are intended to augment the musical experiences they receive in class every day.  Our students who have been in the Youth Brass Bands have said being in these groups has been “like getting to be in an All-District Band every week”.

        There is a brief promotional video at to help students better understand the value of being a member of the Youth Brass Bands.  You can find performance audio and video of the youth brass bands at  

        Auditions will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25.  Any skilled high school student or very advanced middle school brass and students (All-District / All-State caliber) may audition.  A make-up audition date may be available in early November if there are still empty seats to fill.  There are currently more than 70 students signed up to audition, so both demand and competition for seats is high!

        Rehearsals begin on Monday, Nov. 7, which is after marching band competition season ends for most bands.

        Jesse Rackley conducts the Triangle Youth Brass Band (our top ensemble) and Matt Edwards conducts the Triangle Youth Academy Brass Band (our second band).  Jesse and Mr. Edwards are very excited about the upcoming season and are looking forward to sharing a unique musical opportunity with our brass and percussion players.  Highlights of this season include performances in Fletcher Hall (one of the concert halls in Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts), a concert with trumpet soloist Gabriel DiMartino and a trip to compete at the North American Brass Band Association competition.

        Short version: Great experience for our kids.  Please go to to learn more.

        Longer version: The Triangle Youth Brass Band and Triangle Youth Academy Brass Band will be holding auditions for the 2016-17 season on Sunday, September 25th at Sanderson High School in Raleigh.  I’ve attached a copy of the audition pieces for brass and percussion instruments.

        The solo and sight-reading are required for our auditions.  No scales are required.  Students interested in being part of the Youth Brass Band (top group) should prepare both sections of the solo.  Students interested in only the Academy Brass Band (second band) should prepare part 1.  Kids who don’t quite have the upper register for the entire solo shouldn’t be discouraged from auditioning!  The pieces get rangy at times but this is designed to let Jesse and Mr. Edwards find their soloist and ‘1st part’ players.

        They prefer percussionists to prepare audition solos for all instruments – snares, timpani and keyboard percussion.  However, they won’t turn a percussionist away from the audition if they can only prepare one or two of those instruments.  Wind players audition on their own horns.  Percussionists bring mallets.  They will provide percussion instruments.

        Playing in a brass band is a unique and challenging musical opportunity for brass players and percussionists.  The two youth bands are both outstanding groups which feature some of the best student musicians in our areas.  The kids love the challenge of the literature, the style of playing and of sharing an ensemble with other highly-motivated and like-minded musicians.  The top band is primarily 11th and 12th grade with may All-District and All-State caliber players, and the second band is mostly 9th and 10th graders with a few All-District-caliber players.  They also have juniors and seniors in the Academy Brass Band and they very much enjoy the experience.

        Students and parents can find detailed information about requesting an audition spot, rehearsal schedule, concert schedule, spring tour information and more at:

     If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Mr. B