Note:  The NYB 2020 event has been postponed to 2021 and additional details will be posted when they become available.

Darrin Oehlerking • Conductor

Yamaha Guest Artist • Michele Jacot

Atlantic Festivals of Music

Yamaha Canada Music

Nova Scotia Band Association

Audition Poster Download

NYB 2021

April 25 - May 2 • Halifax, NS

Darrin Oehlerking • Conductor

Yamaha Guest SoloistMichele Jacot

If you have any questions, please contact NYB Manager

Barbara Stetter by Email or at 902-849-5846

 67 Catherine Street, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia  B1A 2K1

Congratulations to all that auditioned for the NYB 2020. 

We have posted the NYB 2020 Ensemble here!

NYB 2021 is scheduled to be in Halifax April 25 - May 2, 2021,

hosted by the Atlantic Festival of Bands!


NYB 2021 Nova Scotia Tour

Guest Conductor:  Darrin Oehlerking

Yamaha Guest Artist:  Michele Jacot

Performances to include:  Atlantic Festival of Bands

Audition Poster Download • Now Posted Here

Additional Tour Details to be announced in Fall 2021


NYB 2019 in Winnipeg, MB


The National Youth Band of Canada (NYB) is the most comprehensive music education youth project offered by the Canadian Band Association. In 1978, 1991, and annually since 1994, the National Youth Band of Canada has provided an opportunity for the country's outstanding 16-22 year old musicians to gather for an enriching and inspiring musical and cultural experience. It is an outstanding opportunity to perform under the leadership of a renowned Canadian conductor and a Yamaha Canada Music Ltd. featured soloist. The NYB experience also provides each of these young musicians the chance to network with some of the finest instrumentalists from across Canada. The NYB is the premiere youth wind ensemble in Canada.


Every year the band travels to a different Canadian province for one week of intense rehearsals and performances. This past May, under the baton of Dr. Mark Hopkins the 28th National Youth Band of Canada was held in Winnipeg, MB and hosted by the Manitoba Band Association, Brandon University, the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble, University of Manitoba, and Yamaha Canada Music.  The Yamaha Performing Artist with NYB 2019 was Patricia Evans on French Horn from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.


From April 26-May 3, 2020 the National Youth Band was scheduled to be in Halifax, NS.  The band was to be based in Halifax and performing in the Halifax area and the Atlantic Festival of Bands.  Our guest conductor was to be Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser and the Yamaha Guest Artist was Michele Jacot.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the event needed to be postponed until the spring of 2021.  The NYB 2021 tour is now rescheduled April 25 - May 2 at the Atlantic Festival of Bands and the Halifax Region.  The 2021 guest conductor is Dr. Darrin Oehlerking, and Yamaha Soloist is Michele Jacot.


The band meets together for the first time on Sunday, April 26 and has an evening rehearsal followed by three more days of intensive rehearsals. The band will then perform several concerts throughout Nova Scotia.


Martin Boundy, Dennis Prime, Bramwell Tovey, André Jutras, James Hargreaves, Stphane LaForest, Bobby Herriot, Gerald King, Glenn Price, Gillian MacKay, Tania Miller, Alain Cazes, Denise Grant, Marvin Eckroth, Fraser Linklater, Karem Simon, Colin Clarke, Shelley Jagow, Wayne Jeffrey, Cynthia Johnson Turner, Colleen Richardson, Jonathan Dagenais, Gareth Jones, Robert Taylor, Jason Caslor, Jeremy Brown, Wendy McCallum, and Mark Hopkins are all accomplished Canadian musicians and conductors who have brought outstanding artistry and musicianship to the NYB podium. 


The CBA was formed in 1934 to promote and develop the musical, educational and cultural values of band music in Canada.

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