Reaching Out to the Next Generation...

In the same spirit in which it was originally set it up by its founder Mr Sid Cooper, a local peripatetic music teacher, the band continues to offer young musicians the opportunity to experience the enjoyment of the concert band setting. It’s a proven fact that playing in a band improves your playing, and so the band had developed many ways of engaging with young musicians, schools and teachers.

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Music Assemblies

A number of our members are experienced teachers and can come into schools and hold special music assemblies. These have been very enthusiastically received by schools & pupils alike, and helped generate increased excitement about music in the schools where they’ve been held.


Primary School Workshop & Mini Concert

The format of this event is an afternoon rehearsal at a local primary school, specifically focused on our Training Band. The band’s experienced players are on hand to support the young musicians through a programme of music from Disney to Lady Gaga, and at the end of the rehearsal a short informal concert is performed to showcase how well the youngsters have taken to the music and to the concert band setting.

These popular events have been held at a number of local schools, including Millfields Wivenhoe, Colchester High School, Chappel Primary School, and Richard De Clare school, Halstead.

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Band Play Day

The format of this event is an afternoon rehearsal at a local venue, such as St Botolph’s, followed by an evening Charity Concert. These events involve both our Training & Concert Bands, and are open to players of all ages. Over the last few years these events have been enjoyed by musicians across Colchester and have raised thousands of pounds for local and national charities.