West Somerset Brass Band

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West Somerset Brass Learner and Training Band

We welcome children and adults alike who are interested in learning a brass instrument and would like to join the band. Instruments are provided and we have a full training programme in place delivered by experienced teachers. It does not matter if you do not have any prior musical knowledge, all we ask is that you are keen to learn and have a go and of course practice.

We have two intakes per year at Easter and September.

Learner Groups

The first learner group is for compete beginners and learners who have only been playing an instrument for a short while. As well as learning how to produce a wonderful sound, learners are shown how to maintain their instruments and are introduced to music theory in the form of fun activities and worksheets.

The second learner group is for learners who have progressed past the initial learning stage and who are able to play and read music more fluently. The continue to develop their musical ability and are at a stage where they are able to join in with the training band.

Training Band

The training band provides the opportunity for more advanced learners (grade 1+ standard) to play together as an ensemble and learn the ways of the brass band though playing fun and varied pieces. The training band play at engagements in their own right and join in with the senior band for the last 15 minutes of practice each week. Appointment to the senior band is by invitation of the Musical Director.

ABRSM Music Medals and Grade Examinations

We offer all of our learners and band members to undertake the opportunity an ABRSM Music Medal or Grade Examination if they so wish through our qualified teacher/assessor Claire Whitworth.

ABRSM Music Medal is a fully accredited exam system that consists of 5 levels; Copper, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum in which a solo piece, an ensemble piece and option section us played. The exam is held in the band room and is assessed by Claire and sent to ABRSM for verification. The levels span from pre-grade to 3 standard. For more information, you can click on www.abrsm.co.uk.

Claire is also available to provide private tuition and can be contacted by e-mail cwbrass@sky.com or on her mobile 07947 601205.

Learner groups start at 6 pm and Training Band at 6.30-7.30 every Friday at the Methodist Church, Watchet during term time.

For further information, please contact Claire Whitworth at cwbrass@sky.com or on her mobile 07947 601205.

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