Welcome to the National Youth Brass Band of America (NYBBA) Registration and Seating Audition page.

NYBBA 2020 is an open enrollment camp for brass and percussion students wanting to learn and perform within a brass band setting. We are excited for what will be a historic week of music-making and fellowship.

Dates: June 22-27, 2020
Location: Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO
Founder and Artistic Directors: Lee and Helen Harrelson
Musical Director: Professor David King

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The National Youth Brass Band of America (NYBBA) is excited to announce  its 2020 course. Founders Helen and Lee Harrelson established NYBBA to support and develop the growing youth brass band community in the U.S.A.

The  course will take place on the campus of Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri on June 22-27, 2020, and will be open to brass and percussion musicians ages 23 and under.

The course will allow students to explore the brass band genre while providing them with the opportunity to perform at the highest standards, improve their musicianship and explore future musical horizons.

Students will spend time during the course with some of the country’s leading performers and educators in the forms of lessons, clinics, and sectionals.

They will also have the amazing opportunity to rehearse under the baton of its Founding Musical Director, Professor David King. For over 40 years, David has had a distinguished career as an international conductor, instrumentalist and music educator and is one of the world’s most prolific brass band advocates.

Founder and Artistic Director Helen Harrelson states “This is an exciting time for the youth movement in the US. We have such a strong team invested in the success and development of this project and we are beyond thrilled to welcome Professor King as Founding Musical Director. He brings with him an immense amount of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm that will be fun, inspirational and challenging for the students.”

The course, which aims to put the emphasis on the whole student experience, will provide the best possible training within the genre as well as enhancing each students’ vision and awareness of both the US and international brass band movements. Helen states that “It will also be a great opportunity to create a cohesive network to support future youth development and collaboration between established and newly formed organizations.”

(for students and auditors)
  • Q&A with Professor David King
  • Writing for Brass Band
  • The Role of Instruments in the Brass Band
  • Sound Concepts
  • Technique and Articulation
  • Expressive and Lyrical Playing
  • Mouthpiece Selection
  • Key Historic Works and Figures in the Movement
Sunday, June 21 Afternoon Check-in | P.M. Reading Session
2:00 p.m. Shuttle pick up from MCI airport for out of town students
Monday, June 22 Sectionals & Rehearsals
Tuesday, June 23 Sectionals & Rehearsals
Wednesday, June 24 Rehearsals, Clinics & Social
Thursday, June 25 Sectionals & Rehearsals
Friday, June 26  Rehearsals & Clinics
Saturday, June 27 Dorm check-out
2:30 p.m. Concert
5:30 p.m. Shuttle provided to MCI airport. Arrive at MCI at approximately 6:15 p.m.
  • Resident: $650
  • Commuter: $400
  • Auditor: $550
    – Includes parents staying with out of town students.
    – All meals and accommodation included.