Shipston Junior is the entry point for new players, of all ages, where their journey begins as they aspire to be a competent brass musician.
A team of mentors are resident on rehearsal nights on a structured format to guide and instruct members from those first tentative steps on their chosen instrument to enjoy the company of other members as they learn to play as an ensemble and whilst the band does not give individual lessons, the band does coach and mentor individuals as they progress. Initially individuals who have little playing experience in brass music are enthusiastically encouraged by a primary brass tutor. Once they have reached a suitable standard they can join the band proper and benefit from all that brings with it.
There are no charges for membership all that is required is a members effort and commitment to regular home practice and attendance at regular rehearsals. Individuals who are not in possession of their own brass band instrument may borrow one free of charge from the band and return it if they leave, there is no subscription charge, music is also provided on free loan and rehearsal facilities are provided at no cost to the individual, as are the services of the mentoring group.
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Rehearsals take place every Monday during term-time, with the exception of school holidays and follow the format below:
6.15 to 6.30 p.m.
The evening starts with beginners being taken by Heidi Ellis.
6.30 to 7 p.m.
The evening continues as Heidi takes the Training Band players, where beginners are welcome to join in the fun.
7.00 to 7.15 p.m.
Sees a chance to meet and catch up with friends old and new in the group as things pause for a short break.
7.15 to 8 p.m.
The evening continues as Tim Wilson or Charles Matthews take the Training Band through their paces as the ensemble work on pieces that may find their way to a public performance.
Our format is designed to appeal to new members of all ages, so that their introduction to brass banding is not too long and arduous.
Members of the band are not confined to any particular age or gender, so nobody needs to feel out of place.