Music Academy and Youth Ensemble

Our Music Academy is 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 offers 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 are able to share these experiences with other young people, whose interests and goals are similar to their own.

Our widely experienced instrumental tutors 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 meet on Wednesday evenings between 6:15-7:45pm and is coordinated by the vastly experienced Linda Trethewey, who works 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

Our Youth Ensemble is a community of brass musicians currently aged between 7 and 18yrs attaining high levels of musical skills who are enthusiastic to develop a great hobby alongside other like minded people.

The ensemble meets on a Thursday evening from 6.15pm rehearsing a wide variety of repertoire suited to the range of ability the group comprises. We currently have some young players who have progressed via our Training Band alongside players from local Bands who are eager to progress in the highly regarded culture of youth development St Dennis has always championed.

Our Principal Cornet player Lia Teague is also a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. From 2021, Lia is keen to commence some conducting with the Youth Ensemble, taking some rehearsal and team sectional work under the leadership of our senior conductor, Mr Darren Hawken.

From the period of the late sixties, the organisation is extremely proud of its record of delivering excellence in youth musicianship with regional and indeed national contesting titles achieved over the years. The ambition is firmly clear, to restore the Youth Band at St Dennis to the dizzy heights and stature of the past whilst establishing the band as one of the finest musical youth ensembles in the county.

This successful policy of youth development has ensured the stability of The St Dennis Band with a high percentage of home grown talented players in its ranks and those who also progress to the ultimate of professional standards of performance as a career in music.

Our aspiration is to grow the Youth Ensemble under the motivational and experienced leadership of our conducting team. We welcome new recruits from far and wide looking to enjoy all the tremendous social and musical values banding promotes.

Interested in finding out more information? Parents or Guardians of any prospective players looking to join can use the contact information available on our website for a chat about attending a future rehearsal or concert performance. Alternatively, drop us a message via our St Dennis Band Facebook page or contact the Director of Music, Mr D Hawken direct on 07817504036 /


Regrettably, we are currently only able to provide web based tuition, virtual performances and group social meetings with our young people at this time with band room rehearsals and concert engagements suspended because of the pandemic.

In the meantime, we would still love to receive enquiries from potential new players interested in joining us. Please do not hesitate in making contact without delay!