Adult Brass starts with a Blast

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Elland Silver Bands new “Adult Brass” class has started with a terrific Blast!

The band held its launch event last Saturday, which had over 20 participants, along with guest the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale, Councillor Feman Ali and Mrs Shaheen Ali. Councillor Marilyn Greenwood was also present.

The class has been formed initially as a 6 week pilot to test out if there is any interest within the community.Adult Brass class

At the launch event, participants were invited to introduce themselves and to explain why they had come along. Brief demonstrations on the sound and pitch of instruments were given by members of the senior and youth band, before everyone was given the opportunity to have a go.

Participants then selected their instrument of choice and were given a few simple tasks to work on.

The aims of the class are really to introduce brass instrumentation and music making to a new audience, and to offer tailored tuition to a different age profile.

Enthused Programme leader, Sam Harrison said:

“I couldn’t believe how many people came along to the launch event, the response has been fantastic, and we have had further enquiries this week. Everyone seems really keen and interested in having a go and learning a new skill. I can’t wait for this week’s class, so we can start working on learning 5 notes,”

The class will be run for a further five sessions ending in an informal performance to family and friends before the course is evaluated to determine the next steps and future of the programme.

However, if the launch event is anything to go by, this could be the start of the Elland Bands fifth ensemble!