The #PromsInThePlayground initiative is set to return this summer, spanning the last three weeks of the school term from 8 - 26 July. The scheme aims to connect brass bands with schools, creating mutually beneficial relationships to get young people excited about brass banding. All brass bands are encouraged to perform in their local school playground and will be supported with a range of new resources.

Brand new for this year is the #PromsInThePlayground song called ‘BRASS!’ composed by Youth Development Brass Specialist Sheila Allen and recorded by BBE member Ratby Co-operative Band. BBE’s Sheila Allen said, “Our new Proms in the Playground song ‘BRASS!’ is a brilliant way to get your whole school involved, brass players or not they can join the fun. I really hope that the array of accompanying resources, newly created for this year’s campaign, will be helpful in supporting classroom teachers and the visiting ensembles to enjoy music-making. I can’t wait to hear your performances!”

‘BRASS!’ has been arranged to allow for flexibility whether you have a quintet, dectet, piano accompaniment or just the backing tracks. Backing tracks and supporting teaching materials are available for download via the BBE’s Proms in the Playground page. BBE’s Brass Foundations team are also available to answer any questions about participating in #PromsInThePlayground, and to provide support and advice on organising an event. Join them for an online drop in session on Thursday 16 May 4pm Schools drop-in, 6.30pm bands drop-in or email them at brassfoundations@bbe.org.uk.

Register your performance as soon as possible in order to benefit from BBE’s national PR campaign. Find out more about #PromsInThePlayground and register your PITP event now. Follow the Brass Foundations Instagram account to stay up to date with all of our updates and support for your project.


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