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We are proud to have another open rehearsal on Friday 21 June 2024: 4:45 - 7:30pm. No commitment needed, just bring your instrument and come for a play! We hope to see lots of new faces smile

YWO Music Camp 2021

After what has seemed an incredibly long year since our 2020 Music Camp, YWO are incredibly fortunate to have been able to go ahead with our annual Music Camp in consecutive Covid years!  With a healthy membership of 52 YWO members, 12 who were recruited during lockdown, and 7 supervising adults, we spent another wonderful weekend at the magnificent Crusaders at Galston Gorge.

Starting the weekend with a 2 ½ hour rehearsal meant our members were ‘fired up’ from the moment they arrived! After a good(ish) sleep on Friday Night, they moved into Sectionals for a 4 hour session with one of the 9 tutors who came along to work with our children. Their work certainly paid off as we listened to the even better sounds in a further 2 hour afternoon rehearsal, which we recorded and played back in our listening session.  Our members thrived on critiquing their own and their fellow band members, with nothing but positive encouragement.

Saturday Night was so much fun. With our annual Trivia Night, testing our sections with team work and trivia knowledge. The winners (due to a last minute team disqualification) were in fact our Saxophone/Tubas who showed us who really were the Champions!

Sunday saw an early morning move to the glorious Galston Community Centre where we recorded our pieces for the upcoming Australian National Online Festival of Bands. A brilliant and exciting finale to our weekend full of music, friendship and fun!





James Brice Awarded Band Association of NSW Life Membership

It is with great pleasure that we announce the awarding of Life Membership of the Band Association of NSW to Mr James Brice.
James was recognised as a passionate and driven conductor, tutor and mentor across NSW. In particular he was congratulated on his contesting success and his continued contribution to the musical direction of NSW Banding 14 years through his participation in the Music Selection Sub-Committee has been invaluable.
Congratulations James on receiving this well deserved award and thank-you for your service to our NSW Banding Community.

JAMES BRICE, the musical director and conductor of Castle Hill RSL Youth Wind Orchestra and North West Wind Ensemble, has been awarded the prestigious 2021 Hills Citizen of the Year. 

At a Hills Council Australia Day Ceremony, James was recognised for the past 16 years of exceptional work with the young and older musicians from the Hills area.

In the past 12 months, he has worked tirelessly to ensure that each of his 100 local musicians have been able to continue to play every week, despite the restrictions imposed through Covid.  James carried out 73 online rehearsals with a participation rate equalling those in venue. He recorded click-track recordings for members to play along with and embarked on major recording projects that have been taken to the world stage.

James is a leader in education and community banding and the Hills area is indeed incredibly fortunate to have him as one of their own.