LUUMS BRASS BAND
Brass Band is an open ensemble for any and all brass or percussion players regardless of your standard - lots of our players don't play their first instruments when they're with us! Being one of the busiest ensembles, we travel all over the UK for concerts and compete at the National University Brass Band Championships, UniBrass. We've been very successful at the competition over the years, and have recently been promoted from the Shield section to the Trophy section where we placed 8th. It's a fantastic weekend for everyone involved and not to be missed! This year we will also be travelling to Durham for our Tri-Uni concert with Warwick and Durham universities, extending our wide range of performance opportunities. As well as concert performances, we are frequently called upon for official University functions, including opening ceremonies for new buildings and the University Carol Service. The University clearly agrees with our unofficial status as the best ensemble in LUUMS... We can't forget, however, our amazing socials that take place throughout the year, especially our legendary Pancake Day social, a true Brass Band Tradition. Above all though, we love to hang out as a Band. We're an extremely sociable ensemble and our post rehearsal pub trips to Old Bar are always a great time for a drink or for a chat. We're always looking for new members and would love to see some new faces at the start of the year!
Rehearsals for Brass Band have now started. Don't worry if you missed the first couple of rehearsals, just come along and join in!
Tuesdays 5pm – 7pm
Rehearsal Hall, School of Music
To find out when our next concert is, click here:
Blae (pronounced like bae) is a second year Physics student from the glorious Wirral and is currently trying to work out how to play Bass Trombone in LUUMS Brass Band. Being so indecisive means that, despite Blae being a first study cellist and previously playing percussion in brass bands at home, she decided to pursue a new challenge in taking up Bass Trombone at uni. Many of the band don't play their first study instrument and this is definitely what makes it so great - everyone is encouraged to join Brass Band no matter their standard (as long as you're enthusiastic and can down a pint)! Outside of music Blae enjoys getting annihilated at pub quizzes and smashing out some maths!
A second year undergraduate Physics student, Ethan is a drummer and percussionist from Teesside, in the North-East of England. Throughout School and Sixth Form he was heavily involved with school and county music ensembles and has performed up and down the country in venues such as Sage Gateshead, Symphony Hall Birmingham, and the Royal Albert Hall. In amongst his wide-ranging musical interests, he has a particular love for brass band music – he’s been contesting with bands since his school days and has even composed a few band pieces himself! After a great first year with LUUMS playing in Concert Band and Brass Band, he is very much looking forward to challenging himself and making his debut as a conductor with the Brass Band.
Amy is a second year criminology student, who has played the cornet for almost 10 years and - despite not being especially good at it - she's always enjoyed being involved in brass bands. Joining LUUMS in her first year was one of the best decisions she made as it resulted in new friends, more confidence, and perhaps one too many blurry memories of Old Bar. She decided to go for brass band manager because of how much the band helped her in her first year, and she'd love to help new first years in any way she can. So if you have any issues, from finding valve oil to finding the best nights out, do not hesitate to talk to her.