Music Academy and Youth Ensemble

We are proud to announce the launch of the new St Dennis Band ‘Music Academy’.

The new structure and initiative will see expert brass and percussion tuition taught alongside aspects of both music theory and aural to develop all round musicianship. It will be suitable for either complete beginners or for young people who’ve already started learning, providing them with outstanding instrumental tuition in addition to junior and youth ensemble opportunities. All tutors have the expert knowledge and experience needed to deliver the objectives of the organisation as well as the student requirements. Based at our very own band room in the village, the home of the famous ‘St Dennis Band’, the Music Academy will offer opportunities for every young person to learn in a stimulating and supportive environment whilst enabling them to reach their full musical potential. Importantly, it’s here they’ll be able to share these experiences with other young people, whose interests and goals are similar to their own. Our widely experienced instrumental tutors will deliver tuition arranged on either a one-to-one or shared basis where music is always carefully selected to suit the ability of each player whilst working at the right level for their development. There are also opportunities to put players in for ABRSM graded examinations.

The academy will meet on a Wednesday evening between 6:15-7:45pm and will be coordinated by the vastly experienced Linda Trethewey, who will work alongside our tutors from the Senior Band. Instruments (if required), music and tuition can be provided for just £2 a week.

Anyone wishing to come along for a taster session, start to learn or indeed join the academy can contact Linda on 01726 891036.

St Dennis Youth Ensemble

In addition, the organisation has recently launched a more advanced St Dennis Youth Ensemble. Led by the vastly experienced Mark Arnold.  Mark played percussion for most of Yorkshire’s Championship Section Bands including Carlton Main, Brighouse & Rastrick, Black Dyke Mills, and for 14 years Grimethorpe Colliery.  He was also a member of Grimley Colliery Band in the hit film “Brassed Off”.

Since turning his hand to conducting, Mark has built a reputation of developing young talent and has enjoyed success after rebuilding St Austell Youth Band and latterly Indian Queens Band.  Mark is no stranger to the St Dennis Band, assisting on Percussion wherever possible and supporting his wife Emma, who is the Band’s Principal Cornet.

We welcome young players from all around the county to come and join us and be part of this new, exciting and forward thinking yet progressive ensemble. With public concerts planned for 2019, aspirations to compete on the competition platform as well as side-by-side outreach performance opportunities with the St Dennis Senior Band, the drive and vision is clear –  to be a central hub in the county for brass excellence.  Weekly membership is merely £2 a week inclusive of instrument hire (if needed).

The longer-term ambition is to grow this ensemble to be one of the finest youth brass bands in the county and beyond. Mark will be working closely with Linda Trethewey who is already progressing well with the Junior Ensemble.  Youth Ensemble rehearsals currently take place every Thursday 6.30 to 7.30 pm.If anyone aged 19 or under wishes to express their interest in joining the ensemble, please contact Mark via our website contact form.