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Brass Day in the Music Department

Bishop's Stortford Brass Band members show TBSHS Brass players how to do it


Date published: Fri 27 Apr 2018   Author: HLH   Category: Events   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email


This week, several members of the local Bishop's Stortford Brass Band came in to school to work with our TBSHS Brass players.

During the lunch hour, the team worked with the School's Brass Group practising and performing fanfares, and during the afternoon they worked with a year 10 exam group playing the student's own compositions, which is a key part of the GCSE Curriculum.

The TBSHS Brass group has been running for several years and currently includes five trumpets, two French horns, and two trombones.

The enhancement of a Bb Bass (The biggest possible instrument in a brass line-up), an Eb Bass, a euphonium and a tenor horn completely changed the sound, which is a great for the boys to hear. Whilst working on Fanfares with the visitors, the boys had a real Brass Band experience.

During the afternoon, the Year 10 Music Composition class had the invaluable experience of hearing their own GCSE compositions played by real musicians, which is really useful when learning the difficult skill of composing. Real musicians make the pieces sound completely different from the usual electronic recordings, which in turn helps the boys pick up real-life composing skills, as well as inspiration!

The Band's MD, and TBSHS Lower Brass teacher, Mr Stuart Dodgson was so pleased with the quality of some of the students' compositions that he has offered to premiere student Matthew Seeley’s composition at their upcoming concert in July - which is a very exciting news.

Music Teacher Mr Jonathan Newsome said "It was a great session today for our brass players. To hear the full range of instruments in a brass ensemble really adds to the sound. Our Year 10s had a brilliant opportunity to hear their compositions played by real musicians playing actual instruments, which makes their compositions so much more vibrant. We are very grateful to the members of Bishop's Stortford Brass band for giving up their time."