Youth Brass Ensemble

The Vanguard Music and Performing Arts Youth Brass Ensemble (VMAPA-YBE) is a premiere performing arts ensemble aimed at giving participants the opportunity to perform unique repertoire and arrangements of various genres of music at the highest level possible. The YBE specializes in music composed for brass instruments (trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium and tuba), and is open to anyone of the age of 13-21 by audition. Participants will attend master classes from professionals throughout the season, continue to develop their individual and ensemble musicianship, and perform a variety of music.

Benefits of Joining the VMAPA Youth Brass Ensemble

  • Professional training under our conductors and staff
  • Concert performances in the most prestigious venues
  • Sectional coaching and master classes from world-class musicians
  • Chamber music programs
  • Community service via music outreach

If you are interested in joining the VMAPA Youth Brass Ensemble, we invite you to download the following packet for detailed expectations and audition information. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact VMAPA Community Arts Manager, Ben Nadler, by email at bnadler@scvanguard.org.


This year the Vanguard Music and Performing Arts Youth Brass Ensemble will hold auditions for the 2019 season on Sunday, November 25 from 1o:00 AM to 2:00 PM and Thursday, November 29 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Auditions will be held at the Santa Clara Vanguard Hall.

To apply for an audition, please fill out the form on the left, which will be reviewed by a member of the VMAPA-YBE staff, and followed up with an email confirmation.

A $20 non-refundable registration fee is required for all new and returning members that is to be paid no later than the date of the audition. Applicants will be notified of their audition date and time approximately one week prior to the audition. Missed auditions will not be rescheduled.

2019 Audition Materials

Upcoming Events and Performances

January 5-6 2019: Intensive Rehearsal Weekend (2:30pm – 7:30pm) – DINNER PROVIDED
January 13, 2019: Rehearsal (5:30pm – 7:30pm)
January 20, 2019: Rehearsal (5:30pm – 7:30pm)
January 27, 2019: Rehearsal (5:30pm – 7:30pm)
February 3, 2019: Rehearsal (5:30pm – 7:30pm)
February 10, 2019: Rehearsal (5:30pm – 7:30pm)
February 17, 2019: Rehearsal (5:30pm – 7:30pm)
February 24, 2019: Dress Rehearsal (5:30pm – 7:30pm) – MANDATORY
March 3, 2019: Concert #1 – Call time and location TBA
March 9-10: Intensive Rehearsal Weekend (2:30pm – 7:30pm) – DINNER PROVIDED
March 16, 2019: Combined performance with SCV/SCVC at Vanguard Birthday Brunch
March 17, 2019: Rehearsal (5:30pm – 7:30pm)
March 24, 2019: Rehearsal (5:30pm – 7:30pm)
March 31, 2019: Rehearsal (5:30pm – 7:30pm)
April 7, 2019: Rehearsal (5:30pm – 7:30pm)
April 14, 2019: Rehearsal (5:30pm – 7:30pm)
April 21, 2019: No Rehearsal – EASTER
April 28, 2019: Dress Rehearsal (5:30pm – 7:30pm) – MANDATORY
May 3, 2019: Concert #2 – Call time and location TBA

Your attendance at all rehearsals and concert events is very important to the success of the ensemble. All absences require approval and must be submitted (in person or by email) at least THREE WEEKS in advance of the requested absence. You can download the Absence Request Form below.

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