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.

St Austell Band's "School of Brass" was formed in 1990 and, through training brass players in schools and at the band room, soon created one of the best youth bands in the country.  Many players from this original group now play in the senior band.


Players can learn early ensemble skills in the Junior Band before progressing to the Youth Band.


St Austell Youth Band, in its current form, made its contest debut at the West of England Bandsmen's Festival at Bugle in 2010.  It gained a respectable 2nd place in the Training Band section and marched with the Senior Band to help win the deportment prize. Mark Arnold was appointed as Musical Director in 2012 and led the band to its first contest win at Bugle that year. This same group made its first appearance in the Youth Section in November 2012 at SWBBA's annual contest in Torquay and, in June 2015, won the Youth section at the West of England Bandsmen's Festival in Bugle. The band has had more contesting success under the direction of Anna Minear including winning the Youth Section of the West of England Bandsmen's Festival in 2016, 2018 and 2019.


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.


The Youth Band has recently secured two years of funding from Cornwall Music Education Hub.

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