George Stephenson Youth Brass Band

Exciting news…plans are underway to develop a Youth Brass Band at George Stephenson High School (GSHS)!

We met with the Head of Music, Katie Brookbank, yesterday and got an enthusiastic reception for our vision to develop a youth brass band at a High School to provide a progression route for our Primary School students, and to open up brass playing to more children.

We are hoping to visit the other Primary Schools that feed into GSHS and give demonstrations and taster sessions to their year 6 children, then invite those who are interested to a “Play Day” at GSHS in June. We will also invite any children already at GSHS to join in a new after school brass group starting in September.

Several of our learners at Backworth Park and Burradon Community Primary Schools will be moving to GSHS in September and we hope they will want to continue with their brass playing. If we can recruit additional children to join them we should soon have a developing embryonic brass band!

All we have to do now is raise the funding for a Musical Director to lead it, and for the instruments we will need!

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