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The full St Austell Youth Band, 24 players, standing and kneeling on the grass outside of St Michael's Church in Newquay, Cornwall after performing in the Cornwall Brass Band Association's Festival of Brass.
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St Austell has had a competitive Youth Band since the 1960s but our commitment to nurturing brass players for the future was really cemented when our "School of Brass" was formed in 1990. Through training brass players in schools and at the band room, we soon created one of the best youth bands in the country.  Many players from this original group now play in the senior band.

The Youth Band has had many contesting highlights including winning Section B of the Pontins Youth Contest in 1990, 2nd place at the National Youth Entertainment Championships in Blackpool in 1999 and many wins at the West of England Bandsmen's Festival in Bugle. You can see more results in the table at the bottom of this page.

The band is now directed by Anna Minear who, as well as leading the band to several contest wins, has made a really inclusive learning environment for players of all ages and abilities. 

St Austell School of Brass offers instrumental and theory tuition and free instrument hire to all its members and encourages pupils to progress through grade exams.

If you are interested in learning a brass or percussion instrument or would like to join our Youth Band, you can use our contact page or contact Anna Minear on 07921332817 or email

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