The Vanguard Youth Brass Ensemble (YBE) is a premier 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. YBE specializes in music composed for brass instruments (Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, and Tuba) and is open to anyone between 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 Vanguard 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 Vanguard Youth Brass Ensemble, we invite you to download the following packet for detailed expectations and 2020 audition information. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Vanguard Performing Arts Program Manager, Daniel Valdez, at

2020 Rehearsals and Performances

All Youth Brass Ensemble rehearsals will be held at the Vanguard Hall (1795 Space Park Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054) unless otherwise noted. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of each rehearsal and make sure to bring all necessary materials.

Saturday, February 15th — YBE Audition #1 (9:00am – 1:00pm)
Sunday, February 23rd — YBE Audition #2 (4:00pm – 8:00pm)
Sunday, March 15th — Rehearsal (4:00pm – 6:00pm)
Sunday, March 22nd — Rehearsal (4:00pm – 6:00pm)
Sunday, March 29th — Rehearsal (4:00pm – 6:00pm) ***Check for CCGC conflicts!
Sunday, April 5th — Rehearsal (4:00pm – 6:00pm)
Saturday, April 11th — Rehearsal (5:00pm – 7:00pm) ***Check for NCPA conflicts!
Sunday, April 19th — Rehearsal (4:00pm – 6:00pm)
Sunday, April 26th — Rehearsal (4:00pm – 6:00pm)
Sunday, May 3rd — Dress Rehearsal (4:00pm – 6:00pm) ***Mandatory!
Sunday, May 10th — Youth Ensembles Concert (Location & Time TBA) ***Mandatory!

Those offered a membership are required to attend rehearsals regularly. Members may miss no more than 3 rehearsals per season due to illness, emergency, or special circumstances (that must be pre-arranged with their conductor). More than three unexcused absences per season may endanger the musicians’ membership. Absence from a concert or dress rehearsal may result in dismissal or a fee for the full cost of hiring a professional replacement, which can run upwards of $450.

1795 Space Park Dr, Santa Clara, CA 95054    (408) 727-5532