Brass Blast began in September 2016 as a pilot project by Oi Musica – testing the idea of teaching trumpet & trombone in a mixed ability group, including complete beginners.
After a hugely successful pilot year, which involved working in schools and then starting up a new after school group (engaging nearly 40 players over the course of the year), we now have a committed group of 15 players attending every Tuesday after school. We are grateful to the Wash House (aka Portobello Community Centre) and Awards for All for supporting our pilot phase.
12 of our current 15 players were total beginners when they started with us. We are working in a street band style, learning by ear and playing from memory. As well as receiving detailed instruction in technique, embouchure and tone, players are developing a whole range of skills associated with playing in an ensemble. Brass Blast performs regularly on Portobello Promenade, they choose their own material and are becoming passionate instrumental players!
We are not recruiting for new players at the moment. However, we do have plans to expand the project in 2018. If you’re interested in taking part, you can sign up here and we’ll add your name to the waiting list. Beginners and existing players are welcome!
A bit of background:
We are passionate about broadening access to music opportunities, and increasing the numbers of young people that play brass instruments. Through our work with community street bands across Scotland, Marcus has developed a unique teaching system for groups of mixed ability players. Brass Blast will offer something new and exciting in Edinburgh – affordable group brass tuition with a focus on street band playing. We have good links with other exciting youth music projects across the city, and will collaborate with existing groups so that Brass Blast players can be part of Edinburgh’s wider youth music scene.