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Training Band

Barnton Silver Band has been encouraging new players to learn brass instruments for over 50 years, providing instruments and tuition as required.

Barnton Silver Band have always tried to encourage players of all ages to improve, and the training band was started to do precisely that.

Mike Lyons, an experienced teacher and fantastically talented musician in his own right, leads the training band to bring on both young and old players and eventually lead them to play with the experienced players in the main band.

We have a scheme of work, which Mike devised, to help learners progress logically, and at their own pace, developing their skills, learning how music and their instruments work and giving them practice in steady steps. Good technique is taught from the outset and exercises are designed to create good habits from the start.

Learners are encouraged to try things out and to experiment. It’s called playing for a reason!

As well as Mike both Karen and Chris Purdie (Cornet) offer their experience to Training Band, other members of the main band also assist when they are able.

The Training Band, like the main band, is inclusive and caters for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Even if you have no experience at all you can come along and learn with us. 

If you are interested in learning to play, contact us via the email below or talk to one of the band members when you see us out at a job.


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