Training Band

The training band is aimed at junior players who are learning brass and percussion instruments and looking to gain experience of brass banding prior to joining the main band. Over the years our training band has provided an accessible, secure, musical and social grounding for a many young players, even inspiring many to go on to study music at a University and subsequently play in brass bands as adults.

The Training Band offers the following to all members:

  • Free weekly rehearsals during term time led by two qualified music teachers to develop their playing and offer mentoring to support lessons
  • Free loan of an instrument, if required
  • Music to play, both for improvement and ensemble pieces to perform
  • Uniform and Stands for performance
  • Opportunities to develop their playing experience: the Training band sits in with the main band several times a year to grow their experience and confidence
  • Opportunities to perform: the Training Band gives a performance at the Lewes Lions Christmas Concert every year with other concerts planned through the year.

The rehearses every Thursday during term time from 7-7.50pm at the All Saints Centre, Lewes. The group is primarily aimed at young people of up to Grade 5 level, but adults who wish to brush up their skills if returning after a break are also very welcome.

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The group is led by experienced teachers and band members Christina Kearley and Jane Humberstone, with support from other experienced players when needed.
The focus of the Training Band is to learn, improve and gain experience. Playing music in a group is fun and rewarding and many of the band members go on to join the main band. To ensure that players can gain the most value from the Training Band, those attending should also be having individual or small-group lessons with a professional teacher.
We welcome new members, so if you would like to come along please get in touch.
Thursday 20th April: first rehearsal of the Summer term
Bishopstone Fete.  Saturday 29 April from 1pm.  LGB Brass have invited us to join them for a few pieces at this lovely village fete.
Joint concert with Patcham Youth Band, All Saints.  Saturday 27 May 3pm – 4pm,
Thursday 1st June: no rehearsal (half term)
Mayor’s cup presentation.  Thursday 6 July.  This is a regular rehearsal night with an added short concert and a presentation from the mayor to the most improved player.
Thursday 20th July: last rehearsal of the Summer term