The Salvation Army National Youth Band is a brass band which exists to engage churches and communities in worship and outreach through their ministry weekends. They seek to encourage and support developing brass musicians throughout New Zealand.
Members of the NYB are between 16 & 30 years of age and are drawn from all walks of life. They are not 'professional players', but are involved in various forms of employment, attend school or study at university. Members must be uniformed members (Senior Soldiers) of The Salvation Army and involved in the music ministry of the local Salvation Army corps (church). They come from throughout New Zealand with representatives also from Fiji and Tonga. The band meets for an extended rehearsal weekend once a year and accepts invitations for a maximum of 4 other weekend visits per year.
The NYB has toured extensively within New Zealand and overseas, making tours to the USA and Australia. They have also performed on New Zealand television, appearing in a Praise Be programme special highlighting The Salvation Army Freedom Congress in Dunedin in 2008.
Partnering with the Creative Ministries Department, the NYB also undertakes service at large scale events and provides training opportunities as required.
In 2010 the National Youth Band released the 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, who has been a member of the NYB in 2002. ‘It's a good time for a CD,’ says Grant. ‘The band is playing exceptionally well, and they’re excited about witnessing for Jesus.’
The NYB recorded the CD in September of 2009 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