Bournemouth Youth Marching Band

Amici Per Musicam - Friends Through Music

Are you

Over 8 years old

Available on Wednesday evenings?

Do you want to

Make friends for life

Learn a skill 

Gain confidence

Travel in the UK and Europe

Play great music

Perform in concerts, parades, carnivals and displays

Have fun?

Yes - then BYMB is for you. Your first meeting is free as a trial and after that there is a joining fee of £20 and an economic membership subscription of £10 per month.

In addition to music we also value and promote important life skills such as commitment, teamwork, respect, determination, confidence, honesty, responsibility, self-discipline and leadership. Everyone works together to flourish as a Band.

Members in our band develop their musical skills in a friendly, modern, fun and supportive environment. We have fun activities as well including trips to theme parks, awards evenings, games and beach parties. There is a trip abroad every two years or so.

Learning an instrument in the Band is not just about sitting down and playing musical notes on a page. It's about making great friends, building confidence and gaining valuable lifelong skills.

Adult membership (18+) is only for suitably experienced musicians and is subject to a role being available, references and a safeguarding check. Adult members help the younger members to develop their music making skills.

There is also a role for parents in the Friends of BYMB group helping the Band with the important task of raising funds. BYMB - family friendly.

All instruments, the uniform and tuition are provided. Some members though choose to use their own instruments.

So why should young people learn to play an instrument?
  • music is one of the few activities in life that utilises the entire brain
  • research suggests that early music tuition improves a child's maths skills significantly
  • trained musicians more efficiently switch from one mental task to another
  • 20% of children learn to play music, 70% of adults wish they had

Want to know more?

We meet every Wednesday 6.30 to 9pm at the Bourne Academy in Hadow Rd BH10 5HS. It's just off the Kinson Rd. Plus occasional Sundays durring morning and afternoon.

We have an open door policy. We are always recruiting new members are you are welcome to come to any rehearsal and find out more.

There is no minimum standard required to join. All standards and abilities are welcome. For younger members who may be new to music or playing an instrument we aim to teach you everything you need to know. We ask that you practice regularly at home as this is key to progress.

Our leaders have up to 30 years experience in running and playing in Youth Bands. They are trained in Leadership, Youth Work, Safeguarding and First Aid.

During the last two years four of our members have been accepted into the UK Armed Forces. One is a musician with the Corps of Army Music and two are with the Royal Marines Band Service as Drummer Buglers. Join BYMB and we can help you turn a hobby into a professional secure musical career with the UK's top bands.

We are a uniformed marching band so members need to be medically 'fit for task' and able to carry out Band activities safely.

If you are interested in joining the Band please send an email to

Go on, give us a try. Join our Team.