Australian Youth Band Southern Stars
Location: Melbourne
Country: Australia

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The Australian Youth Band [AYB] is Australia’s premier youth marching/symphonic band. Our talented musicians range in age from 12 to 28 and come from all over Melbourne and Victoria. The band was formed in 1978 as the Moomba Youth Band to lead the 25th Anniversary Procession of Melbourne’s annual Moomba Festival, and was later also known as the McDonald’s Melbourne Youth Band. Since its inception, the band has journeyed to most states of Australia to perform its unique brand of colourful and dynamic music entertainment, played regularly at popular regional festivals, major sporting events, marching band festivals and corporate functions.

Performance highlights have included marching displays at AFL football finals, international cricket matches, NBL basketball, and Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival. Other high profile performances have been at Brisbane’s World Expo 88, the Sydney Opera House, ‘Morning Melodies’ at the Melbourne Concert Hall with AYB Patron, Rhonda Burchmore, the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, the FINA World Swimming Championships, the Davis Cup tennis quarter finals and before Queen Elizabeth II at the Moomba Festival. AYB also performs on the corporate stage, with recent performances at the Melbourne Town Hall, Crown Palladium and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, and continues its relationship with rural Victoria, performing regularly in regional towns such as Swan Hill and Eaglehawk.

The band has also represented Australia on the international stage:

  • 1998 – World Marching Band Festival, Kanagawa, Japan
  • 2005 – Beijing International Youth Festival, China, performed on the Great Wall of China
  • 2007 – New Zealand Concert Tour
  • 2008 – Victorian contingent in the 2,000 strong Beijing Olympic Orchestra, China
  • 2010 – North America Concert Tour - San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and the Calgary Stampede, Canada
  • 2012 – Malaysia Concert Tour, and Georgetown Festival, Penang
  • 2013 – Shanghai International Marching Band Festival, China
  • 2016 – Hong Kong Concert Tour
  • 2017 – Shanghai Tourism Festival, China

The extensive repertoire and performance flexibility make the Australian Youth Band an exciting inclusion in all major events, and we are honoured to be sharing our music with audiences in Victoria and around the world.

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