From its inception, the Band has had a vested interest in musical education and this is still continuing. With registered charity status, the Band are committed to not only giving players of any age or ability the chance to perform but to supplying instruments, group tuition and ongoing support to anyone interested in learning.
The current training band began in September 2009 and has a mix of children and adult members. Starting with just one player, the Band has grown to have almost thirty players. Many of these come from the local schools and they are encouraged to also join in with musical groups at their school and use instruments supplied by the band anywhere they wish to. Players that wish to take musical exams are supported and encouraged, but it's not something we ask any player to do!
Other members of the training band are adults who have either played in the past and wish to reignite their hobby or people who are just looking for a new challenge.
The training band practises on a Monday evening from 6.45pm to 7.45pm at Stowmarket Middle School . More experienced members may be invited to join the main band for some or all of the main practice. There is also a joint rehearsal with the main band on the first Monday of every month until about 8pm, where players get a chance to socalise, pick up tips and particularly for new pieces of music, hear what their parts sound like.
As the training band is currently quite large, we have limited space and instruments for new players at the moment. However, as players progress and instruments become available, we will be able to take more players. Please give us a call to see what space and instruments we have free. Anyone with previous experience of playing and reading music can probably be accommodated at any time.
Our training band volunteers are CRB checked and we welcome parents to remain on site during rehearsals. We are registered with SAFEcic who monitor our child protection policies. We also have a trained child protection officer at each rehearsal.