Last October, after receiving a small startup grant from their local “Staying Well” project, Elland Band began an initial 6-week pilot project offering a brass class aimed at “Adults”. The main aim of the pilot was to see if they could reach out to a wider audience. Classes are held on Saturday afternoons 1.30pm – 2.30pm, usually fortnightly and are a gentle mix of exercises, technique, reflection and some easy ensemble pieces. The launch event was very well attended, with around 30 people, some were parents of Elland Band's young people, some were complete musical novices and new to the organisation and some were musicians interested in giving brass a go. After the initial 6 weeks, everyone wanted to continue playing. Elland also attracted some more members and they now have a wonderful mix of people, different ages, different musical abilities, but everyone is learning together and enjoying the experience. The membership is now up to 22 players, learning cornet, eb horn, baritone, pBone and baby tuba. The group performed for the first time back in June and were really pleased to be able to perform at the Elland hubs “Staying Well” presentation evening on 20th July. For Elland Band it has been a great way to meet new people, putting some old instruments to use, and encouraging people to learn more about music.
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