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.


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.


Ethan Doe is currently serving as the Musical Director of JAYB.

Further Information

Rehearsal information

Saturday 12:00pm – 1:00pm
during school terms

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 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.