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FAQs/Rehearsal Schedule

What is a Brass Band?

The ensembles in the HYP are British-style Brass Bands consisting of brass players plus percussion.  The modern form of the brass band dates back to the 19th century in the United Kingdom and has evolved into a highly sophisticated ensemble with a distinctive sound that is extremely rich and deep with a large range of colour and timbre.
Instrumentation in a British-style Brass Band is restricted to cornets, flugelhorn, tenor horns, baritones, euphoniums, trombones, tubas and percussionists but not trumpets or french horns as they are orchestral or concert band instruments. There are no reed instruments, (clarinets, oboes,saxophones) and of course, it goes without saying…no strings attached!

How do I get in to the Hannaford Youth Program?

All interested participants (brass and percussionists) must audition to be placed into one of the three bands in the Hannaford Youth Program.

Auditions will held Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Faculty of Music – Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto.

Please Note: There is an Audition fee of $25

What are the Fees?

Membership dues for 2017 / 2018 are:

  • Youth Band: $450
  • Community Band: $400
  • Junior Band: $350

Brass Band Instruments will be provided free of charge to successful applicants to the Youth Program for use during the season.

When are rehearsals?

Rehearsals for:

  • Hannaford Youth Band are Sunday Afternoons from 1:30 to 4:00 pm at 90 Wellsley Street West, (Faculty of Music, South Building, University of Toronto)
  • Hannaford Junior Band: Saturday mornings from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. at Church of the Redeemer (3rd floor)
  • Hannaford Community Band:  Saturday mornings from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the Church of the Redeemer (3rd floor)
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