New partnership with Brass Bands England to attract young players

New partnership with Brass Bands England to attract young players

We’ve recently announced a new partnership to attract more young people to brass, alongside a nation-wide competition to engage youngsters.

Working with Brass Bands England (BBE), this significant new initiative will provide a key foundation for BBE’s future strategy aimed at introducing and sustaining the development of young brass players.

It will also allow the brass band community to play a proactive role in attracting new, young players and enhancing existing Beginner and Training bands.

The joint venture recognises WMG as a lead partner of BBE in the “Foundation” level of its future national development strategy. BBE’s aim is to increase grass-roots participation and create a clear education and opportunity pathway for progression within the brass band community.

Create a Buzz

To celebrate the partnership, BBE and WMG are launching a new national competition called Create a Buzz. WMG are donating pBuzz instruments to enable as many children as possible to begin their musical journey playing a learner brass instrument.

Brass bands, schools or other voluntary organisations will be invited to apply for the use of up to 20 pBuzz instruments each to give children aged between 5 and 11 with the chance to learn, play and perform.

Groups awarded with sets of instruments will be invited to submit a recording of a new piece of music, specially composed for this initiative by leading brass band personality, Jonathan Bates. Judging will take place in February 2018 and the winning band of “pBuzzers” will win a set of 10 each pBones and pCornets and will also be invited to perform at the BBE National Youth Brass Band Championship in front of a capacity crowd in the Butterworth Hall at Warwick Arts Centre in April 2018.


Entries will be judged by a panel of leading brass instrument educationalists including leading euphonium star David Thornton.

Details on how to apply and more information about the exciting initiative are available on the Brass Bands England website. Entry via application form is open now and submissions are being accepted until Sunday 31st December.

Good luck and happy buzzing!