Brass for all

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

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 about one another. When we learn about one another we get along better. When we get along together we feel better about ourselves, about our communities and about our futures..

Music empowers us

New skills, new networks, new knowledge. Playing in a band helps us shape our community for tomorrow. The way we want it.

ABRSM Music Medals, TRINITY Arts Awards and Drum and Brass early-stage badges

“Last Christmas it was lovely, it felt like a real community” 

– Porsche Antwi

The Story of Drum and Brass

How it began – WIGSTON HORIZON BAND 2012

Challenge

The players of Wigston Brass Band’s existing training band progressed far enough to perform and compete, but not to support beginners.

Objectives

To find a way to bring new players on without neglecting the progress of more experienced players. 

Solution

The Horizon Band was formed by Julie Maxwell. She recruited from local schools, offering children 10 free starter lessons in small groups. They joined the band when they could play 3 notes. The band is still going strong

Brass in the inner city – BRASS OF THE SAFF 2015

Challenge

Children on the saffron Lane Estate in Leicester had no access to music outside whole class teaching. Families also faced socio-economic challenges.

Objectives

To use brass plaing to generate a sense of local pride and confidence. 

Solution

The Brass of the Saff was developed by Drum and Brass with local families. The players gained  qualifications and acted as peer mentors. “I loved helping the younger ones” Pardeep Bassi (12)

Music empowers us

New skills, new networks, new knowledge. Playing in a band helps us shape our community for tomorrow. The way we want it.

ABRSM Music Medals, TRINITY Arts Awards and Drum and Brass early-stage badges

Beginner Brass Band: 

Wednesdays 4:30 pm, Tebay Methodist Church

Who can come?

All ages from 8 years old upwards. 

Children and parents are most welcome to come together. It costs £9/month

Call Julie on 07866 378392

or email julie@drumandbrass.co.uk

What we offer

We provide a high-quality, lightweight p-instrument, music and stand. You’ll also get a friendly welcome and all the help you need to learn basic brass band skills 

  • playing an instrument,
  • reading and composing music
  • performing as a group

What to expect

A band session looks a bit like this. We practice every week, including holidays.

We will play at 2 or 3 local events each year, often with the support of players from our other local bands. 

Once you feel confident, they will be happy to offer you a seat and an instrument..

Impact of The Brass of The Saff

In 2019 Brass of the Saff received a £29000 grant from Youth Music. 

Over 2 years the project funded 3 staff members, travel, visiting artists and online sessions when Covid hit.

In total, we worked with 60 children who live on the Saffron Lane Estate in Leicester. Families had had no previous access to music-making of any form prior to the Brass of the Saff forming.

60

Number of 1st generation brass players

36

Number of qualifications achieved

£230

Cost per player per year

111

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