About the Hampshire County Youth Bands

The Hampshire County Youth Bands form part of the network of highly successful musical opportunities provided by Hampshire Music Service, and which are available to all young Hampshire musicians.

The Hampshire Music Service funds and provides a pyramid of three brass bands at county level (County Band, Training Band and Junior Band) for brass and percussion students resident in Hampshire. This brass band structure enables students to work together in a variety of performance and educational opportunities.

The County Youth Band is supported by a Training Band and Junior Band totalling 150 young musicians. All three bands rehearse each Saturday morning during term time in Alresford near Winchester. In addition there is an Endangered Species Group tutoring beginners in some of the larger instruments. Auditions for membership are held each year.

Formed in 1963, the Hampshire County Youth Band aims to provide a wide range of performance and educational opportunities for brass and percussion students resident in Hampshire.

Under the current director, Jock McKenzie, the Band has in recent times participated in the National Festival of Music for Youth (Royal Festival Hall, London) at which the Band gained the “highly commended performance award”. Subsequent to this the Band performed by invitation at the Schools Proms (Royal Albert Hall, London).

The Hampshire County Youth Band heads the county youth band pyramid that also includes the Hampshire County Training Band and Hampshire County Junior Band. Both of these bands undertake their own series of performances in Hampshire and beyond. 

The Hampshire County Youth Band under the baton of Jock McKenzie.

The Hampshire County Training Band under the baton of Jon Cranston.

The Hampshire County Junior Band under the batons of Jo Johnson and Matt Watling.