Calling all GBBA bands for BBE Brass Specialist support

Updated: Mar 6

Brass Foundations is a new initiative from Brass Bands England, made possible thanks to the invaluable funding received as part of the Cultural Recovery Fund. Brass Bands England’s Youth Development Brass Specialists are here to help the bands in their local area engage young people, form partnerships with local cultural organisations, and provide support for youth band leaders.

For more information on the Brass Foundations Project, please read further here.

Paul McLaughlin is the specialist for Gloucestershire and the surrounding area. He has created a Google form to gather information about where bands are with youth provision and online work. It is very short as it provides a start to the conversation that will later inform work to develop provisions and support that is relevant to the banding movement in Gloucestershire and the surrounding area.

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Paul McLaughlin is a freelance musician, teacher and conductor, originally from Dundee and now living in Stroud, Gloucestershire. He studied at Leeds College of Music and Newcastle University, and has spent much of his career combining playing in and directing ensembles, shows and projects with venue management in some prestigious theatres around the country. He currently plays BBb bass for Lydbrook Band, having spent time as bass player, percussionist and conductor with City of Discovery Brass in Dundee, Greggs Bakery Band in the NE, Fulham and Sandhurst Silver Band in LSC, Nailsworth and City of Bristol in SW. He works as a brass tutor and county music group leader for Gloucestershire Music, including Brookfield Music Centre. Paul is also the founder and Musical Director of the music collective The JP AllStars, which was born in 2015 following a conversation in a pub about what brass bands can and can’t do. It seems that we can do an awful lot more than people think!

Find out more about the Youth Development Brass Specialists initiative here.

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