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This one time, at band camp

Tuesday 14 September, 2021

More than 40 students from across the UK recently descended on Hesley Wood Scout Camp in Chapeltown, Sheffield, for the inaugural UniBrass Band Camp, where they were joined by a team from the UniBrass Foundation and Brass Bands England. UniBrass trustee Abi Groocock looks back on a busy week of action.


Students from 13 UK universities and conservatoires, as well as recent graduates and school leavers, came together under the expert musical direction of Grimethorpe Colliery Band’s musical director, David Thornton, to form the National Universities Brass Band. Joining David on the music team were tutors Brett Baker (Black Dyke Band), Steve Jones (The Cory Band) and Sam Fisher, Sheila Allen, Helen Minshall and Paul McLaughlin, of the BBE Brass Foundations Team.

UniBrass is known for being innovative, and Band Camp was a brass band summer school with a difference. Specifically for players aged 18 to 25 (to meet UniBrass’ aims of supporting brass bands at university level and encouraging young people to keep playing) it had the usual mix of rehearsals, sectionals, and performances, combined with excursions, adventure activities, and plenty of socials.

Non-brass band musical activities were equally important and highlights of the week included the samba and bierkeller workshops, and Q&A sessions on working in music education, better performance technique and developing student conductors.


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