Youth Brass 2000’s success is owed in large part to our award winning artistic director

Artistic Director: Lord Chris Jeans

Described as a 'National Treasure' by the BBC, Lord Chris Jeans has been the Artistic Director of Youth Brass 2000 since its formation over 30 years ago, leading the band to their greatest successes. An award winning conductor and trombone soloist, he is currently the principal trombone of the Virtuosi GUS band. He has held the title of "Champion Trombone Player of Great Britain" and also won the title "Brass in Concert Solo Champion" on two occasions. Chris has won the National Champion Band of Great Britain on seven occasions, European Championships on three occasions, Champion of Champions, All England Masters, French Open, British Open Championships three times, and hat-tricks on BBC's "Best of Brass" and Granada TV's "Band of the Year" competitions. He has appeared on stage with many high profile artists such as Tony Bennett, Christian Lindberg, Evelyn Glennie, Lesley Garrett and the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Gary Fountain

After several months of persuading and deliberating Youth Brass 2000 are thrilled to announce the appointment of Gary Fountain to the position of Resident Conductor to work alongside our Artistic Director of Music Chris Jeans. Gary is a person and a player for whom we have had huge respect for many years and a connection that goes back to a time his sons James and Thomas held Principal Cornet positions within the band. Gary has an incredible list of personal playing highlights and a remarkable history of training young brass players over many years. This appointment completes our “Dream Team” we really can’t wait to see what the future holds. Don Collins Chairman YB2K Speaking of the appointment, Artistic Director of Music Chris Jeans commented: “Gary Fountain has earned a reputation as one of the finest top class soprano cornet players in the world, and it was immediately clear for me that he was the perfect choice for the resident conductor position at Youth Brass 2000. I am sure with Gary’s input the future of YB2K will be in very safe hands. He will give these young musicians a brilliant grounding, creative qualities and excellent performance skills. I know he will help young and older musicians to connect with themselves and others by encouraging communication through their musical development. I am so pleased that Gary is onboard and really looking forward to the journey!