The New Hampshire Youth Band provides an enrichment experience to dedicated players of concert band instruments in middle school and high school, grades 6-12. The band is conducted by Professor Mark DeTurk, Coordinator of Music Education at UNH, and Eric Kobb, Band Director at the Cooperative Middle School in Stratham, NH. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Paul Creative Arts Center at the University of New Hampshire.
Band members benefit from the resources and opportunities available on a college campus including excellent equipment, a beautiful concert hall, and assistance from college music students who work patiently with each student to help them perform sophisticated, age-appropriate music at a high level. Students who have enjoyed the SYMS (Summer Youth Music School) programs at UNH seem to really enjoy and benefit from the New Hampshire Youth Band experience.
The band meets for two ten-week sessions each year. Ten rehearsals in the fall, beginning Wednesday, September 4, 2019, will precede the fall concert on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 7 pm. The winter session rehearsals begin Wednesday, January 29, 2020 with the final concert on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Tuition is $100 per semester. Concert admission is free of charge. Interested families should contact Professor DeTurk at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the UNH Department of Music at (603)862-2404. Please provide the following information: name, email, instrument, grade, and name of school.