Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen with this terms rehearsals?

We are following advice from Brass Band England. Currently we are able to rehearse, but with social distancing measures in place. We’ll always say what measures we’re following in the email prior to rehearsal.

What kind of socials do you do?

We have a large range of socials throughout the year including games nights, three-legged bar crawls and film nights. After each week we go to the Vanbrugh JCR or The Forest for a chill after rehearsal.

What standard do I need to be to join brass band?

We welcome people of all abilities to come and try brass band out. We also send out music so you have chance to practice at home.

What instruments can join Brass Band?

We welcome anyone who plays a traditional brass band instrument (cornet, tenor horn, euphonium, baritone, trombone and tubas), as well as percussion players. You’re also welcome if you’ve got a trumpet rather than a cornet. Unfortunately, we cannot take French horn players in the band, since finding brass band music that covers French horn isn’t possible. If you are a conductor, feel free to sign up; there will be conductor auditions at some point in the Autumn term.

What sort of music do you play?

We play a wide variety of pieces. We generally try to have a theme for UniBrass and our concerts, but we also try different pieces throughout the year. We play a lot of marches, film music and concert music, but if you have suggestions of pieces, we are happy to try them!

What contests does the band take part in?

We attend UniBrass each year. UniBrass is the University Brass Band Championship in Great Britain. It is an entertainment contest with two sections. We have previously won awards for this including Most Entertaining and placing 2nd in 2019. We also participate in the Whit Friday Marches each year – a fun, yearly event, where several villages in Greater Manchester run their own mini competitions for bands that are attended by bands from across the country! It’s a brilliant afternoon, spanning into the evening, of playing, marching and optional drinking.

I’m shielding/don’t feel comfortable playing in a band yet. Can I still join the band?

Yes, as long as COVID restriction persist we will be doing a range of small group rehearsals alongside the socially distanced full band rehearsals. We will also be doing some virtual recording videos which everyone can get involved in from home. Socials will also include a range of in person and online events, and we can be adaptable to different members’ needs so everyone feels comfortable.