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UniBrass looks to the future at 2022 AGM

Tuesday 11 January, 2022

The great minds of the UniBrass committee, along with a plethora of trustees, came together on Tuesday, January 4, for their AGM. The sheer resilience of the organisation was shown throughout the presentation, as they outlined the challenges the pandemic has – and continues to throw – at them.

Despite the uncertain times in which people are still living, UniBrass has a lot of inspiring projects up its sleeve. Liv Appleton reports.


The full UniBrass experience

The pandemic has put limits on the usually bold, brash and thrilling UniBrass contest. However, UniBrass still found a way to hold a smaller and COVID-secure event outside last year, which was fantastic to see. In 2022, (COVID-permitting) the UniBrass committee is planning on bringing back – as they called it – the “full UniBrass experience” this year on Saturday, February 5.

Two full sections of bands will take part in the contest. Both players and audience members will also be able to enjoy gala performances from Friary Guildford, renowned trombone quartet, Bone-afide, and jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins.

Projects in the pipeline

UniBrass is so much more than a contest. The committee organise various projects and provide support to university brass bands throughout the year. After the success of its Band Camp in the summer of 2021, there will be another camp held this year, which promises to be bigger and better.

In addition, its new trial  programme, Artist-in-Association, will aim to boost the level of university band performances. Bands which have no access to professional conducting will be eligible for the scheme, with three bands being chosen to benefit from the support of three pro-performers.

Get involved

In order for the charity to continue its work, it needs the help of enthusiastic individuals to take on a variety of voluntary roles. For those who can spare a little time, you can enlist as a volunteer, help at events or assist in other ad hoc projects and tasks.

Anyone with some time on their hands who wants to secure the future of young musicians within the banding community is welcome to get involved, and even sign up to be a trustee, where they will get involved in the leadership and direction of the charity.

In addition, anyone with experience in marketing, relating to new or traditional media, is encouraged to get involved with the organisation and the promotion of its events. Those interested should email: 

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