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"It’s a really friendly atmosphere and just really easy-going. Loads of friendly faces there and you learn a lot of stuff that you might not have thought about before"
"I really wish we brought more of our band! I’d really encourage people from other bands to come along. There’s a lot to be learnt."
“It felt really relaxed knowing that there were people from different age ranges, different bands and different backgrounds, but you’re all there just trying to improve your playing.”
This duo of workshops led by performance experts Paul Cosh and Dr Roger Webster looks to improve the quality of your playing, and therefore improve the overall quality of your band performance.
The Player Development workshops offer excellent value for money and a worthwhile networking opportunity with bands in the local area. In these sessions, Paul Cosh focuses on the essentials of brass playing, exploring practical exercises to improve individual playing standards and thus contributing to overall improvements in bands’ performances.
Speaking about the workshop days, Paul Cosh said: "The support of BBE in this project has been invaluable and demonstrates the organisation's forward-thinking approach to helping bands improve and sustain a bright future."
Dr Roger Webster’s attention is drawn to the mental and physiological aspects of efficient practice and performance methods, exploring focus performance ‘anxiety’ and motivation. While both sessions will deliver a consistent message that focussing on improving the quality of individual players can drastically affect the quality of your band overall.
"BBE has taken the initiative to run a varied programme of workshops for our brass bands. Players, teachers and conductors — please come along and take part! Ask those awkward questions and help move our bands back to their place at the forefront of the banding world!" - Roger Webster
What will the workshops cover?
During the day, we will look at:
Fundamentals of breathing, embouchure and articulation
Building a daily practice regime
Concentration and motivation in practice
Physiology and Wellbeing
Along with the live workshop session, attendees will have access to the day’s training resources after completion of the session.
Why should I attend a Player Development workshop?
Improve your individual performance, or the overall performance quality of your band. This workshop is for you if you want to:
put in place a regular and effective practise regime
understand the foundations of good playing
understand the basics of the physiology of playing and performing
put in place strategies to improve concentration and motivation
understand the causes and effects of performance ‘anxiety’
Who is this training for?
This training is ideal for players of all levels.
How much does it cost?
The Player Development Workshop day is available to BBE Members at a discounted cost. You can join BBE from as little as £25. For information on joining BBE please visit our Join Brass Bands England page. Ticket price includes lunch and refreshments. Player Development workshops will held across the country. Join our mailing list to be kept up to date when new dates are announced.
BBE Members - £15
BBE Non-Members - £25
10:00 - 16:00
Register for this event via the Register button below.
In the event of increased COVID-19 risk, BBE will explore the option of delivering this session online, however, we will endeavour to deliver as an in-person session with relevant mitigations where possible.