The Academy

New players are an important part of any band, and we hope to encourage and teach all those wishing to learn a brass instrument. As a band, we provide an instrument for you to play and tutoring to help you learn the skills that enable you to play your chosen instrument as part of our band and to introduce you to the world of brass banding.

The Academy is made of two sections of players based on their abilities.

Beginner Brass:

As a brand new player of brass or percussion, you would start in our Beginner Brass that meets on Tuesday evenings during school term time from 6.00 - 6.45 pm. Working together as a team, Beginner Brass seeks to develop your playing skills and theory of music knowledge by playing fun, but challenging, popular tunes and exercises. There will also be opportunities to play as part of the Main Band Concerts to show off the skills you've learned playing in the Academy.


Training Band

Players who have advanced in their skills as a musician can move into the Training Band where you can continue to improve your musical skill and knowledge. This is where you will start to play more advanced pieces improving your individual and group performances. The training band runs from 6:30 to 7:20 pm on Friday nights, as the senior band rehearsals begin directly after this we welcome any training band player who wishes to stay and listen or even join in when they are ready to stay on afterwards.

It is our hope that this gradual advancement through the sections of the Academy and into the Main band will provide an interesting and fulfilling path through the art of learning a brass or percussion instrument and hope to see those who start with us in the Academy rise all the way through to the Main band as many have done before.

You will notice that we have an overlap in the timings of the two sections of the Academy, this is to encourage those who think they might be ready to move up to the next level to stay on and experience what the Academy has to offer. For those in the Training band already our Main band rehearsal is immediately afterwards on a Tuesday night if they wish to stay on for this as well.


If you are interested in joining our Academy, either as a brand new player who hasn't touched an instrument or as a new player who wants to start playing as part of an ensemble, then please drop me an email or give me a call, it would be good to see you.

Marcus Adams

(Brass Tutor)

07977 262805

01258 863717

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