Cornet Class (2-24 months)
The short model cornet with its distinctive "shepherd's crook"
is the work horse of the brass band and its compact design makes it an ideal fit for the hands of a beginning brass student. All children in The BBA start with this instrument - usually for
their first one and a half to two
years of lessons. Once your
child has learned the basics of
brass playing (and physically
grown a bit), they may wish to
switch to one of the other instruments on the team. The skills they have developed in Cornet Class are easily transferred to any of the other horns - and because all brass band music is
written in treble clef, they won't need to bother learning a new set of fingerings. The cornet section accounts for one third of the band - so there is always a high demand for students who
wish to continue studying this instrument.
A beginning student will make steady progress on their cornet by practicing
10 to 15 minutes each day.
"We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle
- from Quartets, Quintets & Ten-Piece Brass Ensemble
to a full BRITISH BRASS BAND (year 2 through high school)
By the beginning of the 5th grade, students are diversified onto the other instruments in the brass band family, (for a more detailed description of these horns see Instrumentation in the ABOUT tab). One of the best features of these horns is how well they blend together in group playing. It only takes a team of four players to start the process of building a band and there are many possible instrumental combinations as the program builds to a full 30 member team. Ensemble balance can be maintained as students come and go because of the ease in moving players between instruments. Also, players of different ability levels can be integrated on the same team with the advanced students performing the more difficult and exposed solo parts. Playing in a small group is the best way for students to apply the skills learned during individual practice and helps develop the concepts of intonation, rhythm, blend, balance and dynamics. Most importantly, playing music together in a group is FUN and is a great motivator to work hard, practice and improve! Live music that is played well adds class, dignity and excitment to any church, school or civic function and will allow your child to make a meaningful contribution to the community while building their self confidence.