Epiphany Youth Band

Have you heard?

Epiphany’s Youth Band is AWESOME!!

Originally called together for a regional youth mass in February of 2008, the “EYB” has been continually growing and learning new music.  Barrett Wilson, Epiphany musician and UL music student, was at that time Epiphany’s youth intern as well.  He expected a couple guitarists or drummers – but instead a veritable orchestra volunteered.  They’ve been playing for weekend liturgies since, generally a couple of times a month, rotating mass times according to their schedules.  Barrett writes most of the arrangements to suit the group’s players and instruments, and he and cantor/community member Kelly Welding, also a UL music student, take care of organizing rehearsals and meetings as well.

The EYB has been energizing the community with their full sound and respectful presence.  At Christmas we were blessed by their generous mentoring of younger players.  They attended rehearsals to help the younger children, and those in town for the holidays played with them at the Christmas Eve Family Celebration, where we had over 25 enthusiastic young musicians. A short time ago, their presence inspired a sizeable donation to help with community building and materials needed.  So, they decided to rehearse Epiphany Saturday evening after mass, have a lock-in in the youth center (chaperoned by Barrett and Kelly), and then play for the 11:30 feast-day liturgy.  They are a wonderful group of young people who are sounding better and better as each month goes by.  Kudos and many thanks to you all, especially Barrett and Kelly for making it happen. EYB ROCKS!!! 

Check out the photos – and if you are interested in finding out more or joining the group, call or email Linda (Epiphany Office).