County Bands & Orchestras provide opportunities for young musicians to develop their musical skills and interests to an advanced level. County Bands & Orchestras come together regularly throughout the year to participate in rehearsals, concerts, courses and overseas tours in the summer vacation. They perform regularly at venues across the county and participate in festivals such as the National Festival of Music for Youth. These are prestigious groups that have achieved national and international success. A high level of commitment is expected and membership is by audition.