Who are 1st Class Brass?
1st Class Brass is a band
for brass players of all ages and abilities and was set up in October 2013. 1st Class Brass aims to provide
members in Colchester and the surrounding area with safe, secure and affordable
access to ensemble music whilst furthering the traditions of the brass band
movement. 1st Class Brass works
to achieve the highest standards of musicianship, in a relaxed environment and
contributing to community life.
As a member of 1st Class Brass you will perform in an end of term
concert three times a year as well as performing at other concerts /
engagements that the band has been booked for.
There is also the chance to attend workshops which are held during the
Prospective members are welcome to come and try the band before committing to joining full time. ‘Visiting Players’ are welcome to play in up to
3 rehearsals (non consecutive if they wish) free of charge, after which they must agree to regular weekly payments to carry
on playing with the band.
1st Class Brass understands the need to look after their band members.
The Musical Director and a number of adult band
members hold a current DBS check (formerly CRB) and one of the parents who
regularly attends rehearsals is a registered First Aider. 1st Class Brass has a Safeguarding Officer and a Band Welfare
Officer (please see the ‘Contact Us’ page for their contact details) who can both be approached by either band members or the parents / carers of band members regarding any matters concerning the band. The welcome pack given to all new band members (and parents / carers of under 18s) contains our Child Protection Policy and other information on how we safeguard our band members who are under 18 years old.
1st Class Brass also operates a Band Buddy system where some of the young adult members ensure that any new recruits happily settle into band life and are a point of contact for any questions or queries the new recruits may have.
Unfortunately, 1st Class Brass does not have any instruments that can be loaned to band members, however, instruments can be
hired from local music shops and more information can be obtained from the Musical Director regarding this.
Could 1st Class Brass be the band for your event?
1st Class Brass performs at a wide variety of events including school fetes, church fundraising events and formal concerts as well as also being booked for private functions for the WI and The Oddfellows Society. If you are interested in hiring the band for your event then please use the "Contact Us" section to find out more about the band and discuss your requirements further. 1st Class Brass will charge a very reasonable fee for playing at your event, can offer a wide range of musical styles and are always happy to accommodate any special requests with regards to the music that you require. Please visit "Band Events" to see the type of engagements that the band undertakes.
St. John's and Highwoods Community Centre
1st Class Brass rehearses every Friday during term time from 6:30pm - 8pm.