The Blewbury Brass Band has a proud tradition of encouraging people, both young (from 7 years) and “older” (our oldest new learner is 55), to learn a brass instrument.
The band has been a great starting point for a large number of young players. While some continue as a hobby, others have gone on to a career in music. We are also hugely welcoming to adult beginners. Indeed, we have several playing with us at the moment, and to those returning to brass after many years absence (in one case after 46 years!).
Our Beginner Band, Learner Band and attractively-priced individual brass lessons are three ways that we can help you (or your child) to “catch the bug” of playing a brass instrument which, in turn, will lead to a lifetime of musical enjoyment.
But as well encouraging and welcoming new players, we also want to sharpen the sword of our more experienced members. So we run enjoyable MasterClass weekends with guest conductors to provide another perspective on the band’s performance.
Our Beginner Band is aimed at players (of any age) who have mastered the basics of playing a brass instrument and who are up to about Grade 2 standard. It’s a great introduction to ensemble playing and is a “stepping stone” into our Learner Band. Click here for more details of our Beginner Band.
Our Learner Band is designed for those who already to play a brass instrument, and who are up to about Grade 2 to Grade 5 standard. With people playing a wide range of different brass instruments, this is an excellent introduction to more advanced ensemble playing, before moving up into our Main Band. Click here for more details of our Learner Band.
We are hugely fortunate to be able to offer individual brass and percussion lessons every Sunday during term time at the band hut. Given by Ian Barlow, music teacher and professional musician (and Musical Director of our Main Band), these are subsidised to an extremely attractive cost of £16 per 30-minute lesson. Lessons with Ian are perfect both for those just starting to play a brass instrument and for those who wish to improve their technique. Click here for more details.
From time to time we run a weekend MasterClass, with a conductor of national standing. In 2012 we invited Alan Fernie to lead the weekend, and in 2011 the weekend was with Derek Broadbent. Click here for more details.