Hoots on the Streets offers specialist training and support to youth street bands throughout Scotland. The project was launched in Highland in April 2012, with funding support from Creative Scotland. Since then, around 500 young people have taken part in workshops, masterclasses, training, creative collaborations and performances across Scotland.
Hoots on the Streets is currently working with four bands – all of whom are open access, welcoming players with no musical experience into their ranks. Each group operates with a youth-led approach to running rehearsals.
The Penguin’s Tuxedo from Nairn was founded by young people in the town who had taken part in street band activities, and wanted to set up something permanent. Based at Nairn Community Centre, they attract a core of dedicated drummers and are developing into an exciting and experienced band. They perform regularly in and around Nairn.
Pace in Grantown-on-Spey feature samba drummers and horn section. They have been running since 2009, originally set up by a Primary 7 class who wanted to continue playing in a street band through secondary school. Pace offers excellent opportunities for local players to develop their playing and performance skills, with members aged 11-15.
Guarana Street Drummers have been running in Aberdeen since 2002. They draw their membership from a huge range of ages and backgrounds (from children to older adults), and they perform a staggering 70-odd gigs per year! Hoots on the Streets is currently working with Guarana’s youth membership, supporting new young leaders to emerge within the band, and to build a horn section for the group.
Pulse of the Place from Edinburgh is Scotland’s original and largest youth samba band. From humble beginnings as half a dozen young teens drumming at Duncan Place Resource Centre in Leith each week, the group grew and grew until in 2012 they took more than 70 youth drummers to perform at Olympic Park for the Paralympic festivities! Pulse of the Place is currently bringing on a new wave of youth leaders, with Hoots on the Streets supporting the process.
TNT Youth Street Band
Formerly the Highland Youth Street Band, Hoots on the Streets established Scotland’s first regional youth street band in autumn 2012, bringing together players from local groups in an exciting cross-region collaboration. During summer 2014 the group expanded to include players from Aberdeen, and TNT Youth Street Band was born!
The group aims to support local bands throughout the region by providing their members with the opportunity to take their skills to the next level. The membership is made up from players from The Penguin’s Tuxedo, Pace and Guarana Street Drummers. They meet around 6 times per year, play regular gigs through the summer, and are tutored by some of Scotland’s top street band musicians, including Roddy Dickson (SambaYaBamba), Tom Pickles (Orkestra del Sol / Horndog Brass Band), Rory Clark (Puff Uproar) and our very own Marcus Britton.
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TNT Youth Street Band – ‘We Are One’ (live at Belladrum Festival, nr Inverness, 2014)
The Highland Youth Street Band – ‘Get Lucky’ (live at Belladrum Festival, nr Inverness, 2013)