Formed in 2005, pill the Simón Bolívar Youth Symphony Band is made up of students of the Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music and is part of the academic program of the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela. In just 7 years, the SBYSB has earned a reputation as the finest symphony band in Venezuela and one of the best bands in Latin America.
The SBYSB has appeared at the most prestigious venues in Venezuela, initially under the baton of its founding conductor, Jesús Ignacio Pérez Perazzo, and currently —since 2008— under Sergio Rosales, one of the bright young conductors educated at El Sistema.
In June 2012, the band went on a Tour of Colombia that included appearances at the 3rd Medellín International Music Festival for Bands and the Auditorio León de Greiff of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, which gained it acclaim from the audience and renowned maestros.
In February 2013, the Simón Bolívar Youth Symphony Band celebrated the release of its debut album Mambos y Fanfarrias with a concert at the National Center for Social Action through Music. The album —produced by GENUIN— was recorded under the baton of the German maestro Thomas Clamor and features pieces by Ravel, Mendelssohn, and Mussorgsky, as well as by Latin American composers Castro D’Addona, Ginastera and Pérez Prado.
The Simón Bolívar Youth Symphony Band has welcomed to its podium prominent guest conductors such as Thomas Clamor (Germany), Antonio Saiote (Portugal), Eddye Vanoosthuyse (Belgium), Ferrer Ferrán (Spain), Jan Van der Roost (Belgium), Jhonathan Cohler (USA), Johan de Meij (Holland) and Tim Reynish (United Kingdom). All of them have had a significant influence on the band.
The conductors and soloists who have appeared with the Simon Bolivar Youth Symphonic Band have praised its versatility and remarkable skills of its members to perform works of different music genres, originally written or arranged for bands.
In July 2013, the SBYSB did a successful Tour of Europe that included performances at festivals and prestigious venues in France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland and Spain.