One of South Africa’s premier youth ensembles, the KZN Youth Wind Band is made up of young musicians between the ages of 13 and 27 that are truly representative of the colourful cultural tapestry that makes up South Africa.It is considered one of South Africa’s finest youth wind bands and its members are given colours at school the same as any other provincial team.
The band has been in existence for thirty six years. In April 1977 a Youth Wind Band was established in Pietermaritzburg by Werner Dannewitz. This band grew in stature and in 1985 was given provincial status and officially named the Natal Youth Wind Band. In 1995 the name was changed appropriately to the KwaZulu-Natal Youth Wind Band in keeping with political transformation occurring in our country.
The KZNYWB is exceptionally proud of the fact that many members of the band come from previously disadvantage backgrounds, and have been exceptionally mentored into a bright musical future by the Durban Music School – to which the KZNYWB is affiliated.
Conducted by Russell Scott, the band has a varied repertoire of classic symphonic band pieces, as well as swing, pop, and film music, not to mention a fantastic real South African repertoire!