About the Junior Australian Youth Band

In 2011, AYB entered an exciting new era with the establishment of a training band. Players of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments with a minimum standard of AMEB Grade 2 are invited to join the Junior Australian Youth Band (JAYB).

It is expected that these young performers will work hard during their time in JAYB, increasing both their musicianship and level of performance, with a view to moving up to the senior ensemble when they have reached the required standard of AMEB 5 or equivalent.

Repertoire

Each year, JAYB performs a repertoire of challenging and fun pieces at the AYB Annual Concert.  The chosen repertoire helps members to develop key skills in music reading, musicianship and sense of ensemble.  JAYB members will also learn the skills of marching and memorising music, in preparation for the many marching performances on the AYB calendar.

Conductor

Alexandra Campbell is currently serving as the Musical Director of JAYB.

Alex is one of AYB’s senior clarinet players, and also plays keyboard in AYB’s big band. After being a band rep from 2015/16, she is currently also on the AYB Committee.

Alex studied music at Monash University, majoring in clarinet, where she won the Anna Chmiel Memorial Prize for First Place in Woodwind for her third year recital and also completed her L.MusA. (with distinction). Alex currently runs a private studio teaching woodwind, piano, music theory and ear training, and also teaches instrumental music at Mt Martha Primary School.

Further Information

Rehearsal information

Tim
Saturday 12:00pm – 01:00pm
during school terms

Location
Parkhill Primary School Recreation Hall
Parkhill Drive, Ashwood, VIC, 3147

What to Bring
Your instrument (percussion is provided), a music stand, a pencil

How to join

After attending three rehearsals, musicians will be auditioned by AYB’s Musical Director and JAYB’s conductor. To pass the audition, each musician will be required to demonstrate the following skills:

– Perform one AMEB Grade 2+ piece
– Major/harmonic minor scales
– Sight read a piece of JAYB music

Membership

Membership is available to musicians aged between 12-18 years. A membership fee of $150 is due on 1 April each year.

Keen to join JAYB?

If you are excited by the prospect of joining this exciting ensemble, contact us today to organise a time to visit the band.