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Brentwood Imperial Youth Band

Registered Charity Number 1160127

The Brentwood Imperial Youth Band has been providing local young people an equally accessible opportunity to develop a wide range of life-skills outside of school since 1990.

The cost of private music tuition and instrument ownership today prevents all but the luckiest of families from taking up musical pursuits. The education system is also facing a squeeze with the music department amongst the hardest hit. The Brentwood based band is a champion of “Music For All” – we remove the restrictive and ever increasing financial barrier to musical instrument ownership (or hire) and tuition. Members are asked to contribute £1 per week and in return benefit from the loan of an instrument, hours of tuition, sheet music, a uniform and a safe place to learn.

With no entrance criteria, children can join the band regardless of their musical experience or proficiency (most new members have no existing musical capability). No pre-set criteria, no auditions and no assessments - we’re very proud of our “Open Door” – our Diversity is our greatest strength and the Open Door is key.

A unique and energized training program that celebrates success with a strong emphasis on teamwork results in a high retention rate and has enabled several members to pursue careers as professional musicians.

But marching band is more than just music and marching, for a start we do more sit-down concerts than we do parades! In addition to the practical and technical music abilities, musicians learn a wide range of life skills. Because being in the band is about so much more than the practical application of music. Musicians learn how to get along with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, they learn about compromise, work ethic, sacrifice, respect, discipline, diplomacy and team-work – valuable life-skills which will serve them well long after they play their last note!

It doesn’t stop there. Working in partnership with the CVQO, Brentwood Musicians can study for a BTEC Level 2 in Music for Practical Performance, free of charge. The qualification is recognised by colleges, universities and employers – and it is loved by us.

As a registered UK charity the band is self-funded and run entirely by volunteers, all of whom are unpaid – no payroll and no expenses. The band staff includes several professional musicians and a cast of very keen accomplished amateur hobbyists – all are motivated by first hand experience of how music can change lives.

Nulli Secundus!

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