Our Junior Band currently has 10-12 players at School age. We have been running Online Band Practices and Lessons throughout the lockdown period since March 2020.
We rely on a small team of people to run these sessions online, we are looking for funding to improve our online facilities for the kids and also to replace their Plastic Learner instruments with Brass ones. To encourage the kids every Friday Bridget & Bob our Júnior Band Leaders, put together an online practice. If this continues to be the new normal we will need to raise funds to improve our online technical capabilities to offer this to more learners. The Junior band to gives kids the opportunity to get involved and learn an instrument.
Meet some of the Kids
Early last year we launched our Young Brass project
Most of our learners came from the workshops we ran from schools in and around Derbyshire
Our Junior Band in The Press
Derbyshire band fights though Covid-19 restrictions to help community
A Derbyshire band have revealed how they are still supporting the community despite Covid-19 restrictions.
Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Band were given a grant of £1,250 to help youngsters in Chesterfield.
They hope to get them learning to play music.
Although the lockdown has made things difficult, the group has changed the way it operates to ensure its vital projects can continue.
Ian Davey, from the band, said: "COVID-19 has halted all of the main band activities but we have managed to keep the junior band engaged by using video links to create a virtual 'Zoom Band' to play together.
"In addition we have been providing one to one tuition to the junior band members again via Zoom and we are pleased that the majority of players are still playing and getting involved.
He added: "We used the Central England Co-op funding to purchase plastic instruments and these are being used by the junior band.
"We are determined to emerge from the pandemic as strong as we can and will resume concerts as soon as it is safe to do so and venues are prepared to let us in.
"This has been an extremely difficult time for everyone and sadly some people have lost their lives as a result of the pandemic. Music can be a great comfort in times of stress and can raise spirits in the hardest of times and through the gloom."
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