Brass for all

Brass for all - Why? D+B brass bands put music at the heart of our communities Affordable Accessible- all welcome Lifelong - 8 to 108+...

Do we need changes in music-making?

Written by Julie Hoggarth In the run up to “No Bars_Music” exhibition at Bishop Street Methodist Church, opening Monday June 21st 2021,...

Free music lessons for all

Author: Davina Vencatasamy Free music for all!  This is the cry that comes across at meetings looking at the issues of diversity within...

‘The moment you realise you never fitted in’… Incivilities

Author: Davina Vencatasamy I went on a walk with my 9-year-old daughter the other day.  We had walked from Leicester City Centre (where we...

5 tips to make your bid writing pay off (whether you get the funding or not!)

Written by Julie Hoggarth Writing a bid for your community project does take time. However, I’m going to argue that it is time well-spent,...

“The moment you realise you have never fitted in”……jobs

Written by Davina Vencatasamy  I have never got a job when I have been in competition with white people.  Ever.   “What?”  I hear you...

Free music lessons for all

Written by Davina Vencatasamy Free music for all!  This is the cry that comes across at meetings looking at the issues of diversity within...

Why we cannot pay lip service to safeguarding

Safeguarding issues did not ‘go away’ by the exposure of the Saville cases  Today, the conversations in music are all about...

Tips on how music practice helps your mental health

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No Bars – Hardback Book – Buy Now

The NO BARS book is now available to buy. A really insightful compilation of poetry, spoken word and rap all created by the prisoners at Leicester HMP

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Drum and Brass is a social enterprise and an arts organisation.

Our mission is to use the arts to bring communities together. We devise and manage projects and we work with a variety of partners and funders to achieve our aims. We collaborate with other arts groups to create new and unique works. Using all our creative skills and experience, we also arrange bespoke events in music, dance, performance and the visual arts. We can deliver workshops, parties and courses for individuals and groups.

Looking to apply for funding for your new project?

Speak to us and we can help plan your new project and bring it to life from applying for funding to helping to completion.

Brass for all

Brass for all - Why? D+B brass bands put music at the heart of our communities Affordable Accessible- all welcome Lifelong - 8 to 108+ Local  Serving the  community at fetes and celebrations Because music brings us together And when we come together we learn...

Do we need changes in music-making?

Written by Julie Hoggarth In the run up to “No Bars_Music” exhibition at Bishop Street Methodist Church, opening Monday June 21st 2021, D+B director Julie Hoggarth explores some of the barriers to music-making and ways to overcome them.  This article will discuss...

See how Drum and Brass has developed a brass band model for community music

Brass for all

D+B brass bands put music at the heart of our communities

  • Affordable
  • Accessible- all welcome
  • Lifelong – 8 to 108+
  • Local 
  • Serving the  community at fetes and celebrations
bringing the brass community together

Brass of the Saff

In January 2019 we took delivery of our 60 instruments. Right away we took them to the band and gave them to our players. We now allow parents to join the band and learn and Sir Peter Soulsby, the Mayor had a go when he visited the band at our Band Camp. With our spare instruments we run taster sessions for other community groups.

exloring the world through sights, sounds and musical textures

Mini Music

Run by Kim Burley-Jones who is one of our directors at D+B. We have always created projects that have team work, skill sharing, inclusivity and creating a safe environment to express yourself and lead to working confidence in working independently.

As well as working with local communities in Leicester, D+B have worked with many organisations and individuals around the UK to collaborate and elevate their practices.

There are many opportunities to get involved with us to volunteer, partner up with projects or just have a nice chat about your own practice and how we can help. The whole team is very approachable and all have a range of skills that they can share with you.

unique things happen when people come together

Locally composed

We have always created projects that have team work, skill sharing, inclusivity and creating a safe environment to express yourself and lead to working confidence in working independently.

As well as working with local communities in Leicester, D+B have worked with many organisations and individuals around the UK to collaborate and elevate their practices.

There are many opportunities to get involved with us to volunteer, partner up with projects or just have a nice chat about your own practice and how we can help. The whole team is very approachable and all have a range of skills that they can share with you.

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