Meet some of the students participating in Archway’s ‘Brassed Off’ Project
A group of key stage 3 students have been invited to attend a 10-week programme learning to play the trumpet.
The programme is run in partnership with Gloucestershire’s award winning Flowers Brass Band. Paul Holland, Flowers Band Musical Director, National and European Adjudicator and one of the leading brass band trainers is delivering the project.
The students are given the opportunity to develop the principal skills around playing a brass instrument. They have been learning about their instrument and how it works, the importance of good posture, breath control, note production and quality of sound. This is also helping to improve concentration, develop teamwork and independent thinking, problem solving skills and confidence building.
The students have performed small compositions to each other and shared in their challenges and achievements. There is quite a buzz around this project. Some students came into school during half term to practise their trumpeting with Miss Hughes and many are practising at lunches and after school in the music department’s practice rooms.
The group will be demonstrating their new skills at the end of the project in an assembly and have been invited to join the Junior Jazz Ensemble run by Miss Wyndow on Thursdays straight after school.