Carnoustie and District
Youth Brass Band

About the band


The band was formed in 2007 after a very successful masterclass weekend with the world renowned conductor, Richard Evans.


The band draws its members from the county of Angus in Scotland.  All of the brass players are either current or former pupils of the bands musical director, Mr Michael Robertson and all of the percussionists are either current or former pupils of Mr Paul Judge.


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January 28th - Radio 2 Youth Brass Band of the Year

April 22nd - Retained the title of British Youth Brass Band Champions

November 12th - Music for Youth Schools Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

November 25th - Regained the title of Scottish Youth Brass Champions


2012 has been the most successful year for the band.  In January of this year the band travelled to Manchester to the Royal Northern College of Music for the annual Festival of Brass.


Radio 2 Young Brass Awards 2012


BBC2 Young Brass Awards 2012


Photo shows (L-R) Carnoustie & District Youth Brass Band members Heather Singer and Joe Walters, conductor Michael Robertson and soloists of the year James Fountain and Ross Knight.


The recipients of the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Awards 2012 were announced by Frank Renton and Simone Rebello at The Sage Gateshead during the prestigious World of Brass and Brass In Concert on Saturday 19 November and was broadcast by Frank on BBC Radio 2 during Listen to the Band on Wednesday 30 November.


Festival Of Brass Concert - 29 January 2012


The 3 Young Brass Award recipients are playing for the Overall Award at a fantastic concert on January 29th as part of the Royal Northern College of Music’s annual Festival of Brass in Manchester. They joined some of the best young brass talent around in a concert conducted by Nicholas Childs who took a night off from his duties with the famous Black Dyke Band.

The Festival of Brass concert was a celebration of all that’s best in youth brass playing. Trombonist Peter Moore, a recent BBC Young Musician of the Year, played one of several newly commissioned works by young composers.

The Royal Northern College of Music’s own accomplished Brass Band was conducted by Nicholas Childs - Music Director of The Black Dyke Band - and by one of the Colleges leading conducting students. The show was presented by Frank Renton and Simone Rebello and be broadcast on Radio 2 on 22 February 2012.

Within the three Awards categories, the recipients were:


Youth Brass Band of the Year


The Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band


Commenting on The Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band, Panel member and Editor of The British Bandsman, Kenneth Crookston, said: “Carnoustie is the outstanding one, both at the moment and in comparison to any that I have ever heard at this level.”

The band only began in 2008 but has already won several Scottish and British National Championships. Made up of 40 players ranging in age from 12 to 20 their conductor Michael Robertson has kept them playing to the highest of standards since the very beginning.


Photo (by John Stirzaker) shows conductor Michael Robertson, Heather Singer (Principal Trombone) and Joe Walters (Bass Trombone).


Soloist of the year under 18


James Fountain (cornet)


Of James Fountain's Cornet playing, Panel member, Festival Director and Award winning music producer, Paul Hindmarsh, said: “James Fountain is an outstanding brass band musician.”

James, who lives in Northampton, picked up his first cornet aged just three years and, under the guidance of his father, soon made rapid progress. As solo cornet of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, James was singled out by conductor Bramwell Tovell as one of the great cornet players of the future. James was 17 and still at school when he became the solo cornet player with the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

Photo (by John Stirzaker) shows awards co-presenter Simone Rebello with James Fountain.


Soloist of the year under 21


Ross Knight (Tuba and member of the CDYBB)


About Ross Knight playing the Tuba, Katrina Marzella, a leading player of her generation and a previous holder of the title, said: “Ross Knight is a fantastic young brass talent whose experience spans both the brass band and orchestral worlds and his impact in both has been notable.”

Ross, from Scotland, has played with the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland and the European Youth Brass Band. He was Principal Tuba of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2010 and at the Scottish Open Solo Championships he won in the Open Slow Melody, the solo under 21 age and the under 21 ensemble categories - only the second person in the history of the competition to have won all three.

Also in 2010, Ross took part in the European Brass and Percussion Solo Championships in Austria where he reached the semi final stage, gaining an overall fifth place out of 58 competitors. He went on to win the award for best tuba out of ten tuba players from all over Europe.

Photo (by John Stirzaker) shows Listen To The Band presenter Frank Renton with Ross Knight.



CDYBB retain the British Youth Brass Band title


The band returned from Manchester triumphant after retaining the British title it won in 2011.

A stunning Championship Section winning performance from Carnoustie & District Youth Band brought an enthralling National Youth Brass Band Championships to a spectacular climax on Sunday evening.

Very best

Both adjudicators, Dr Roger Webster and Steven Mead told 4BR that they felt Carnoustie produced playing that was the equal of the very best senior bands.

"We just sat back and enjoyed every moment of it," Steven said. "It was quite brilliant –a truly memorable performance, so well directed and delivered with such musical maturity."

Dr Roger Webster agreed. "It blew us away. This was not outstanding youth playing; this was simply outstanding brass band playing. There are very few bands at any level that can perform with such excellence."


The 2011 Premier Section champion opened their Gold Award 20 minute programme with a fizzing ‘Enter the Galaxies’, featuring soprano player Calum Tonner on sparking form, before showing their lyrical control by segueing into Evelyn Glennis’s elegant ‘A Little Prayer’.

19 year old bass trombonist Josiah Walters a first year student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland produced a remarkable jazz inspired rendition of his own arrangement of Christopher Brubeck's ‘James Brown in the Twilight Zone’ to deservedly take the Eric Bravington ‘Best Instrumentalist’ prize, before the Scots rounded things off with a coruscating run through the Goff Richard’s set work, ‘Oceans’, played with an intoxicating mix of vibrant energy and subtle musicality.  Both adjudicators were astounded by the maturity and professionalism of his performance.

High class

Although it gave the band a clear cut victory, there was a great deal to enjoy in what turned out to be a high class contest between eight ensembles made up of players up to the age of 20.

However, both Steven and Roger did make the point that although they felt a number of bands played well, not all performed well – highlighting the need to match their musical endeavours with a visual appreciation of what they were doing.

"It was a bit of a mixed bag today in terms of quality. Nobody played badly, but some of you didn’t look as if you were enjoying it," Roger added.

Pictured is the band celebrating being British Champions for the second year running.

2012 British Champions : Championship Section


Music for Youth School Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

GENERALLY the first half of October is a chance for young people to rest during the school holidays but this is not the case for the 45 players of the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band who have been practising hard.

The band, which has been crowned British Youth Champions for the past two years, has been invited to be the first band from Scotland to perform at the Youth School Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The Royal Albert Hall is one of the biggest musical venues in the world and the opportunity for the young band members to perform on its stage on the evening of Monday, November 12, will be the opportunity of a lifetime.

CDYBB outside the Royal Albert Hall

Performing in the Royal Albert Hall


Carnoustie & District Regain the Scottish Title

Sunday evening (25th November) saw a tense affair at the Perth Concert Hall when the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band played off against the West Lothian Schools Band for the Scottish Youth Title. Carnoustie lost the title to West Lothian last year having won the title for the two years previously.
This year, the Carnoustie Band won back the title which they can now add to their Birtish Championship title and BBC Radio 2 Youth Brass Band of the year won by them earlier in the year. The band has had its best year yet and only two weeks ago performed to an audience of 6000 at the Royal Albert Hall in London having been specially invited to take part in the Youth Proms.
The band continues to go from strength to strength and it is clear from the range of age groups in the band from twelve to twenty one that there are several more good years ahead. At the helm of the band is their musical director Mr. Michael Robertson who teaches each and every one of the brass players in his day to day peripatetic brass instructing at Angus Schools. He has produced a marvellous run of top class musicians who regularly wow judges and audiences wherever they perform.
During the Scottish Brass Championship this weekend, Mike was called to the stage to be presented with the Scottish Brass Band Association President’s Award for his services to youth and Scottish Brass Banding.

Scottish Champions 2012

There will be one more opportunity to hear this spectacular band perform before the end of the year when they will put on a Christmas Show to remember at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee on the evening of Saturday 15th December starting at 7.30pm. Tickets for the concert are already selling fast and can be purchased at MacDougall’s Newsagent, High Street Carnoustie, McDonalds Newsagent, Brook Street, Broughty Ferry, from any member of the band or from members of the Rotary Club of Abertay who are hosting the evening.
The school Choir from Barnhill Primary will also perform with the band on the evening.

British Champions 2012

(Premier Section)
British Champions 2012

Sue Richards presents Joe Walters with the Best Instrumentalist Award

Scottish Champions 2012

(Premier Section)Scottish Champions 2012

Michael Robertson after receiving the Presidents Award from SBBA

Michael Robertson after receiving the Presidents Award from the SBBA


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