Internationally acclaimed concert band
Formed in 1989, XBY is comprised of Alumni musicians and teachers from BYMT (Bromley Youth Music Trust) and since its formation has been under the watchful eye of Dennis Mycroft, who taught most of the bands players when they were still in the Bromley Youth Music Trust.
XBY regularly performs and competes both nationally and internationally and has made a number of professional recordings for world-renowned composers. As well as this XBY regularly performs locally in concerts in the local community. Last year XBY achieved a Gold award in the highest class of the World Music Championships in Kerkrade, to add to their collection of previous awards from the World Championships and platinum and gold awards from the National competitions.
Members of the band are predominantly past members of Bromley Youth Concert Band who now pursue separate careers outside of music. XBY gives musicians the opportunity to perform a wide variety of music whilst bringing audiences a high standard of programmes to enjoy.
You can keep up to date with what the band is doing on XBY’s facebook, twitter, instagram and on our website where forthcoming concerts are posted.
Dennis Mycroft started teaching in 1978 in what was then the Bromley Schools Music Service.
During his years at Bromley he conducted and trained many Orchestras and Bands, some of which performed at national and international level.
After studying as a trombonist and later as a conducting scholar at Trinity College of Music, he played with the Richard Hickox Orchestra, the CBSO, as well as many West End shows before deciding to concentrate on developing teaching as his main career.
As Head of Brass Teaching (since the early eighties ) he has trained and conducted the Bromley Youth Symphony Orchestra in many performances including all the main Tschaikovsky Symphonies, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Copland’s Billy the Kid, Holst’s Planets, Britten’s War Requiem, Jenkins Armed Man, Elgar’s Symphony no. 1 and Enigma Variations. These are just some of the major works covered.
More recently he has been responsible for setting up the initial Band On The Run pilot courses that are now a mainstay of BYMTs work within the Bromley schools. His award winning XBY Concert Band has won many Platinum and Gold awards at national level and in 2005 achieved a top ranking award in the World Music Contest in Kerkrade. In October 2015 he achieved a lifetime ambition in being Musical Director for BYMT’s fully-staged production of West Side Story.
He continues to teach for TCM Junior department and BYMT, working with young musicians and encouraging them to share in his passion for music.