About our Youth Band
The Youth Band is our most senior band and has around 40 members aged up to 19 years old drawn from areas in and around Macclesfield.
The band participates in several competitions each year including The National Youth Brass Band Championships, Whit Friday Marches, The National Youth Entertainment Championships of Great Britain and more.
We are proud to have won the CoOperative Bank Community Band of the Year Award for two years running for our outstanding contribution to the local community.
The Youth band performs at many concerts in the local community helping to raise money for charity as well as providing excellent playing experiences for our members. Each year we have a training residential trip to Savio House in Bollington and every two years we enjoy going on tour abroad.
We travelled to Paris in 2007, Holland in 2009 and Belgium 2011 where we participated in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres.
Musical Director Louise Renshaw
Having started piano lessons at the age of six, Louise was handed a rusty old euphonium at high school where she enjoyed free lessons with school peripatetic, Norman Ashcroft (then principal cornet with the world renowned Fairey Band). She joined Stockport Schools Band when it formed in 1978 and went on to play solo baritone for The Poynton Band under Alan Lawton MBE for 8 years.
Louise began her conducting career at Poynton Youth Brass Band in 1984, moved to South East Cheshire Youth Band in 2002 and became a founder Trustee and Musical Director of Macclesfield Youth Brass Band in 2005.
In recognition of her voluntary services to bands and the community Louise has been awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Great Britain, nominated for Cheshire Woman of the Year twice and won both the Imagine FM Teacher of the Year and Silk FM Teacher of the Year awards.
Her professional background is in advertising and marketing and she has been running her own consultancy business since 1995. Louise also works part time as a Wider Opportunities music tutor for the Love Music Trust