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British Youth Band Association

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British Youth Band Association

The British Youth Band Association (BYBA) is a charitable organisation which seeks to promote the growth, prestige and calibre of marching bands within Britain. Founded in 1974, the Association set up rules to standardise the running of contests, judging and scoring, as well as introducing national divisions and classes.

Membership of BYBA is open to any marching band, however we do focus on youth bands (aged 25 and under). We love traditional military-inspired marching bands, US-style drum corps, European-style show bands and everything in between - we just love music on the move!

Find out what joining BYBA can do for you!

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Individuals & Ensembles

Registration Now Open!

We are excited to launch our virtual online Individuals and Ensembles Competition, which will be broadcast LIVE on Facebook on Saturday 27th November 2021.

Following on from the success  of last year's event, we are pleased to confirm that the 2021 event will again be run in association with TYMBA.

Individuals & Ensembles ("I&E") is a competition run by BYBA. However, instead of scoring and ranking bands based on how well they can perform a field show, I&E looks more at the individual members of each band.

I&E is split into many categories in order to allow competitors to show off their skills. First we look at the number of performers in each entry to determine the initial class - 1 person goes in the "individuals" class, 2-3 people go in the "duos/trios" class, and 4+ go in the "ensembles" class.

Next, we look at the types of instrument performed on, and subdivide these further into brass, woodwind, wind (brass/woodwind), drums, mallets, bugles, and guard.

Finally, we look at the ages of the competitors to determine the final subcategory - most classes are split into 4 (10 & under, 14 & under, 18 & under, over 18) with the exception of ensembles, which is split into 2 (14 & under, all ages).

So, as an example, a 14 year old trumpet player will be entered into individuals - brass - 14 & under.

Our panel of judges then reviews all the entries for each class before scoring and placing them.

Entries for I&E are limited only by your imagination!

If you play brass, woodwind, drums, mallets, bugle, or guard, we have dedicated classes for you! There is no minimum or maximum standard for entry (beginners and experts are welcomed with open arms!) and the only real limit is the time of your piece - this should be kept between 1 and 4 minutes.

If not, don't fret! You can still enter our entertainment category, which has no restriction on what may be performed. It is open to anyone of any age and any size of group.

You can enter as many categories as you wish, but you may only enter each category once.

There is no charge to enter I&E this year.

Additionally, all the performances will be live-streamed FREE on social media.

What a bargain!

No, you do not need to be a member of BYBA or TYMBA to enter this competition.

However, we do ask that competitors are bona-fide members of the organisation or ensemble that they are representing.

The highest-scoring entry overall in each category will be crowned as the champion.

In addition, there are two special awards on offer:

  • BYBA Young Guard Performer of the Year
  • BYBA Young Musician of the Year

These awards can only be won once and will be awarded to the entries (aged 18 and under) that impress the judging panel the most!

First, read through the information pack and make sure you know what classes you wish to enter.

Next, fill out an entry form and send it to

Finally, upload your videos here.

It would be a great help if you could name your video files in the format "[Band]-[Name]-[Class]". For example, a 13 year old drummer named Henry Shoesmith that played for Pots and Pans Marching Youth would name his video "Pots And Pans - Henry Shoesmith - D2.mp4" (where D2 is the category name from the information sheet)

Think you've got what it takes to beat all the other entries and be crowned BYBA Young Musician of the Year/BYBA Young Guard Performer of the Year?

Read through the information pack, download the entry form then get practicing!

Submit Entries

Entries close Monday 15th November at 10pm.

If you have any questions or run into any issues, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Luke at


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2021 Individuals & Ensembles

October 6th, 2021|Categories: 2021, BYBA News, I&E, Latest News, News|

Fancy yourself as the next star of the marching arts? BYBA and TYMBA's Individuals and Ensembles (I&E) competition is your chance to share your passion and show everyone what you are capable of! Expand the sections below to find out more about I&E. Then, once you're ready to go, read through the information pack, download the entry form and get practicing! Individuals & Ensembles ("I&E") is a competition run by BYBA. However, instead of scoring and ranking bands based on how well they can perform a field show, I&E looks more at the individual members of each band. I&E [...]

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Song for the Frontline

September 26th, 2021|Categories: 2021, TYMBA|

The British Youth Band Association (BYBA) and Traditional Youth Marching Bands Association (TYMBA) are pleased to present the Song for the Frontline



19th June 2022
BYBA Northern


2nd July 2022
BYBA Coventry


3rd July 2022
Summer Rhythm


16th/17th July 2022
BYBA Southern


3rd/4th September 2022
BYBA Midlands


18th September 2022
BYBA Stafford


1st/2nd October 2022
BYBA Nationals

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