The Melody Makers Brass Band

This community brass group was set up during lockdown after local bands agreed there were few younger players coming into local bands.

We began online and then moved to the Tebay Methodist Church. Partnerships with the community choir and Kirkby Stephen Silver Band have seen this young band perform at Christmas concerts and choir performances.

One of our highlights was playing for Jilly Jarman’s “Brass drums Trains” project in September 2022

What makes Melody Makers inclusive?

– Specialised and ongoing facilitator training

– Regular community consultation

– Local partnerships

– Player-led

– Costs spread over the year and concessions available

All equipment is provided and the group is run by D+B director Julie Hoggarth. Julie is a trustee of Brass Bands England, chairs its equality, diversity and inclusion working group.

Hear Julie and players talk about the band, its ethos and its activities in our Sounds of … podcast.


“I like learning music and seeing my friends and making new ones”

“we all get to play the same piece but with different parts because it always sounds great when we harmonise.”
“They are very kind there, the most fun part is playing on the instruments.”
“I get to play an instrument with my friends”
“Playing loud sounds”
“Playing with others and improving notes”
Band member quotes

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