Gisborne Youth Concert Band

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Gisborne Youth Concert Band
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Gisborne Youth Concert Band in Sydney, Australia - June 2007
Background information
Also known as GYCB
Origin Gisborne, NZ
Genres Concert
Years active 2005–present

The Gisborne Youth Concert Band is a Youth Concert Band which resides in Gisborne, New Zealand. The band, consisting of members aged from Year 7 (Form 1) (7th Grade) and above, quickly became successful with the conductorship of both Stephen Shone and Alex Nyman. Instruments currently played in the band are as follows: Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Cornet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, F Horn, Eb Horn, Euphonium, Tuba, Eb Bass, Bass Guitar, Keyboard/Bass, Various Percussion instruments, Timpani, Drums,

The band received funding from the Eastern and Central Trusts fund, which helped fund for the trip to Napier, New Zealand in August 2005 for the New Zealand Concert Bands Association Annual Festival. The band was awarded 1 gold medal and 1 silver medal for their performance at this festival.

In August 2006, the band attended the New Zealand Concert Bands Association Annual Festival in Auckland, New Zealand. The band was very successful here, gaining Gold Medals for both Entertainment and Festival Performance Sections, a silver medal and a bronze medal for the jazz and brass ensembles entered as well as a silver medal and a bronze medal for the two soloists Flautist Lauren Grout and Tubist David Cochrane.

As of early 2007, the previous conductor Mr. Stephen Shone is no longer conducting the band and the position is being filled by Chris Fox, brother of Rodger Fox (Rodger Fox Big Band) with help from Raewyn Hunt.

At the end of 2006, the band auditioned for, and was accepted to play at the Australian International Music Festival in Sydney, Australia in June 2007. The band gained a Silver award for their performance at the Sydney Town Hall, and they also played at the Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour.

In August 2007, under the conductorship of Chris Fox, the band won two gold awards at the North Island Festival held in Palmerston North, New Zealand. A silver award was also awarded to the band's ensemble.

The Band will be attending the 2008 New Zealand Concert Bands Association National Festival in Wellington, New Zealand under the conductorship of Chris Fox.

For the 2009 music season, Alex Nyman is once again conductor of the Gisborne Youth Concert Band.