Skills for life

Funding level: Up to £1,000


Elland Silver Band is one of Yorkshires oldest brass bands and in recent years has become one of the most progressive community bands. Our success is largely due to our fantastic music education programme which has tutored over 200 young musicians in the past 20 years, and our passionate team of volunteers and tutors.

We are seeking funding to further develop our tuition programme by offering a series of workshops for beginners and developing young musicians.

We would like to offer children in local primary schools free "taster sessions" to try an instrument for the first time, and learn a few basic skills. Interested children will be signposted to our "Beginner" Class where they will receive free use of an instrument and high quality tuition from our instrumental tutors.

We also want to run some "intensive" training workshops for young people who already play an instrument who would benefit from working with professional instrumental tutors to help advance their skills and to inspire them to progress to the next level.

Funding will be used to cover tutors fees, room hire, equipment and sheet music.

We already run a successful youth band, training band and starter band, however, more instruments will give more opportunities. In May 2017, our youth band were crown European Youth Brass Band Champions. All our tutors are experienced musicians and are DBS checked.

We provide all our members with expert instrumental tuition, free use of an instrument and sheet music and teach children who are absolute beginners how to play an instrument and to read music so they can be part of our organisation.

Learning to play an instrument has lots of benefits. Children grow in confidence, and improve their communication with their peers, tutors and adults. It encourages commitment and dedication, loyalty and team work. Children make new friends, and are introduced to other more experienced young musicians as role models. Our more experienced young people are fantastic role models for our younger children.

Our classes also offer opportunities for more experienced young musicians to gain mentorship experience through our volunteer programme.

By voting for this project you can help a young person to;
- Learn a new skill
- Be creative
- Be part of a successful community organisation
- Make new friends
- Develop confidence
- Be part of a team
- Perform music alongside people of all ages
- Respect their peers
- Be a good citizen
- Have fun

Project Video

Elland Silver Band

I am proud of all our team of volunteers who work together to deliver fantastic tuition and opportunities for our young people to have fun and perform music together. Its really rewarding to see the children make progress and enjoy music.

Location: Elland