Welcome to Tewkesbury Town Band Training
never played a note of music before…
…Then don’t worry; we’ll help
you, along with Dr. Check-up in the tutor books we use, to learn how to
read, play and enjoy music.
If you’ve never played a brass instrument…
…Then this is the place to come! We’ll let you try playing as many different brass instruments as we can and find
the one that suits you best. Then we’ll let you take it home so that you can
practise every day. If we haven’t got the instrument that you really want to
play then let us know and we’ll see what we can do.
‘in the bandroom’?
The room where brass bands regularly practise
is usually called ‘the bandroom’. Your bandroom will be where the senior band practises
are a complete beginner, then you will be given a lesson on a Friday
evening. Here, you will be taught by Hadrian
Walters, Helen Walters or Mark Windsor (See the Teacher’s page for more
details). We use a book called Look, Listen and Learn that includes
exercises, information and puzzles to help you to learn everything you need
to know in order to play your instrument. It comes with a CD that has
exciting backing tracks to the exercises and tunes and also you will hear
another person playing your part on some tracks; these players are
professional musicians and if you practise hard enough then you could sound
like them too. Your lesson each week will last for 25 minutes and you will
be taught individually or with a group of players of a similar standard.
Sunday evening we now have a beginners’ band that runs from 5:30pm until
6pm. As soon as you have learnt how to play a few notes then you will be
invited to come along and play in this band. Here we have some fun learning
how to play music together. The Beginner Band gives several concerts each
year along with the Intermediate Band, including the Band AGM in Tewkesbury
Town Hall, and at the Senior Band Christmas Concert in the Roses Theatre.
a while, probably about 12 months although everyone is different, you will
be invited to move up a group into the intermediate
band. This group
practises from 6pm until 7pm after your session on a Sunday and also 7:20pm
until 8:30pm on a Friday. You are always welcome to stay and listen to them
if you wish. In 2006 the Training Bands (*signifies the Intermediate Band
only) performed at the Band AGM in Tewkesbury Town Hall, Innsworth Junior
School Fete*, a Massed Bands concert in Tewkesbury Abbey, St. Catherine’s
Church fete in Gloucester*, Lakeside School Fete in Up Hatherley* and the
Churchdown Horticultural Society annual show*. The Band also has an annual
‘Cabaret Evening’ where players perform solo’s as well as playing as a Band.
Christmas is always a busy time for the Band with carol playing, the Town
Band Christmas Concerts in the Roses Theatre, the Tewkesbury Abbey
Christingle Service and the Training Band’s own Christmas Concert and Party
among other events.
Learning to play a brass instrument takes a lot of hard work. Then, learning
to play together in the band is a whole new experience. Once you have
achieved this and have become experienced at playing together, you will be
invited to come along to the
band rehearsals and eventually to
join it. The senior band is a full brass band (see The Brass Band). They
practise for two hours at a time, twice a week on Wednesday and Sunday
evenings from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
What will it
Band is open to everyone and to ensure that nobody is excluded due to cost,
instrument hire is free.
You can take home your instrument so that you can practise it as much as
possible and possibly play with other groups, perhaps at school. All we ask
is that you take very good care of it and cover the running costs of the
instrument such as valve oil and other cleaning materials.
with the instruments, you are allowed to take the tutor books home with you
so you know what to practise! You should take as much care with your music
as you do with your instrument so try not to let it get creased or wet. Do
not squash it into your case in order to carry it as this may damage it. The
books are the property of the band as well as the instruments. If you would
like to keep the book then you can purchase it from us for £10.
Tuition and membership of the Training Band is
order to make your home practise effective, you may need to purchase a music
stand. These are available from most music shops starting from around £10.
fancy coming along then please get in touch : email
Welcome to Tewkesbury Town Band Training Band and I hope you enjoy making
music with us.