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B.Y.B.A. British Youth Banding Association is an exciting highly choreographed musical experience for any person aged between eight and twenty five years of age. B.Y.B.A. is a highly competitive activity.

Lifelong friendships are formed and important values such as teamwork, dedication, and a healthy work ethic are promoted and taken into the persons everyday life.

Although music and basic marching can be learnt indoors, routines have to be learnt and marched outside. The competition season is between May and October although exhibition and ceremonial marches can be held throughout the year.

Children usually begin at the age of six (there is no minimum age limit specified). Members are able to keep learning into their early adult years. Once a member finishes marching they often go on to instruct at their B.Y.B.A. Corps or another.

No qualifications are required. A B.Y.B.A. Corps is able to cater for all ability levels of performances, from the most experienced to complete beginner.

B.Y.B.A. is an activity which combines music and movement. The activity began in Britain in the early 1980's The basic concept is that of playing an entertaining musical programme of their own choice and performing a field show of precision and highly choreographed marching. A band consists of a Brass section, a percussion section (using both tuned and untuned instruments), and an optional colour-guard, the band is led by either a drum major or field commander.

On completion of a season a band will usually begin learning their program for their next competitive season. The competitive season runs from early June through to the beginning of October with a months break in August. Corps decide their own rehearsal schedule, most rehearse at weekends or one week night in the week, depending on the age of the membership.

The season finishes with a spectacular Final National Championships Event which takes place at the beginning of October where all units perform to a enthusiastic crowd.

Closely Related Activities
DCUK. TYMBA and TYMDrum Corps can be related to both sport, as it is a highly physical activity, along with a musical experience. Also closely related to Scouts, Guides, Cadets, Boys and Girls Brigade and Boys Clubs.

Most units charge Two and five pounds per week. Included in this price is the lend of an instrument or equipment to practice on and full musical tuition on their chosen instrument. For each contest their is usually a fee of approximately £5 required to cover travel costs.

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