About our Training Band
We have about 40 players in our Training Band, from seven years of age upwards. Most join as complete beginners, but some may have started learning elsewhere and joined us to gain experience of playing in a band as well as having the benefit of our group tuition.
Each player has an hour’s session every week, with half the time spent in a small tutor group and the other half playing in the Training Band. All the tuition is provided by our team of volunteer tutors and helpers, which includes a number of players from our Youth Band.
We play in MYBB’s two concerts each year and also appear at a number of local events such as Summer and Christmas Fairs, Garden Parties and Rose Queen festivities. We hold an annual Training Band workshop to widen players’ skills, and take part in contests, including the National Championships and Newcastle under Lyme Music Festival. There are also solo and duet classes for all age groups in MYBB’s Slow Melody competition.
Players are ready to fill places in the Junior Band once they have mastered a number of basic skills such as playing a range of notes and rhythms, and also ensemble skills, such as following the conductor and playing together.
Musical Director Liz Hudson
Liz has been working with youth brass bands for over fifteen years. She is a founder member of MYBB and has always had a particular interest in beginner players, as well as players with special needs. She started as a music “pointer” with Poynton Youth Brass Band’s junior section. Liz now runs MYBB’s Training Band which was set up to rehearse on a weekly basis in February 2011.
Liz comes from a musical background and started as a pianist, taking up the flute at secondary school. She played in Stockport Youth Orchestra until going to York University where she studied Music and Education. Liz then pursued a financial career, followed by a break to bring up a family, but found herself drawn back to music after agreeing to play “The Wheels on the Bus” on the piano at her daughters’ nursery school!
Brass bands appeared in Liz’s life when her younger daughter took up the cornet. Two and a half years as a peripatetic teacher of brass and wind instruments gave her much valuable experience, including running school wind bands. She also arranges music for beginners which has become very important to the success of MYBB’s Training Band where the aim is for every player to be able to participate in band playing at the earliest possible opportunity.
Liz spent seven years as a development manager with a charity supporting voluntary and community sector organisations, and has for many years given private tuition in a range of wind instruments. She is a holder of a Paul Harris Fellowship, awarded by Rotary International, and has been a nominee for the Cheshire Woman of the Year award, in both cases for service to the local community in the field of music.