Brass Blast is a pilot project from Oi Musica, providing group tuition in trumpet and trombone for young people aged 10 and over. We now have over 25 players attending every Tuesday after school, many of whom were complete beginners when they started at Brass Blast.
Launched in September 2016, the pilot has been so successful that we have taken on an extra tutor for the summer term. 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 already has two performances under our belt, and over the summer we will be out on the Promenade in Portobello on the last Sunday of every month. Come on down and hear Porty’s exciting new brass group do their thing!
Sadly we don’t have any places available on the course at the moment. You can, however, sign up here to express interest in joining the group. The pilot has been funded by the National Lottery (Awards for All), with kind support from the Wash House (Portobello Community Centre) and crucial donations from parents. We are exploring options for how to keep the programme going after summer 2017.
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.