The Salvation Army National Youth Band (NYB) supports churches and communities in worship and outreach through regular ministry weekends. Additionally, the band seek to encourage and support developing Salvation Army brass musicians throughout New Zealand.
'More and more younger musicians are being attracted to the band, which is really exciting,' says executive officer Major Graham Medland. The band has changed its repertoire to appeal to a younger audience, and are seeing an increased interest from Salvation Army churches wanting the NYB to visit.
Partnering with The Salvation Army's Creative Ministries Department, the NYB also undertakes service at large scale events and provides training opportunities as required.
If you're interested in developing as a brass musician with others of a similar age and supporting Salvation Army mission through your music, then the NYB might be for you.
In 2014, the NYB reviewed its membership criteria. To apply for membership of the NYB, you need:
In 2010 the National Youth Band released a CD 'Glorify', its first since 'Shine Down', which coincided with their 2002 tour to the eastern United States. 'Glorify' was produced under the leadership of Bandmaster Grant Pitcher and was recorded at the Airforce Band Rooms in Wellington, with Andrew Weir engineering the recording.
The CD's 17 tracks include a variety of styles, including the upbeat ‘Make His Praise Glorious’, with electric guitars and keyboards; the Latin-inspired ‘El Es El Senor (He is the Lord)’; and ‘Fanfare and Flourishes’, a modern ‘test-piece’ style work featuring the tune ‘The Power of Your Love.’ People with a more traditional taste in brass music will certainly enjoy ‘Cairo Red Shield’ and the beautiful meditation ‘Sanctus’.
Glorify is available from Salvationist Resources