Brass Roots is our organisation’s newest band founded at the end of 2015. The ensemble is the fifth band in the organisation and has been designed for absolute beginners, to learn the basics of playing and reading music. The ensemble is kept intentionally small, with only around 10 members at a time so that the new players can learn the fundamentals in a closely monitored environment and receive the best tuition from our expert mentors. Along with the tuition we also provide every new player who wants to learn with us with an instrument and music to take home and practice.
The idea is that members of Brass Roots will only be in that band for a couple of months, just to develop the basics of playing in a band, which will get them ready for the large ensemble setting of the Brass Academy.
To find out more about learning through Brass Roots please consult our VACANCIES page, where we have full details of how you can start.
The Musical Director: Sally Mansell
Sally has a strong musical background and originally started playing the french horn at the age of 14. After leaving school she went onto to study Theology at both the University of Nottingham and the University of Cambridge. Upon completing her Theology studies Sally went on to train to become a teacher and is now a primary school teacher at the Holme upon Spalding Moor School.
Her background as a primary school teacher means that Sally demonstrates a fabulous energy when conducting the beginners of Brass Roots and is able to provide a calming methodology to her teaching.
Sally now primarily plays the tenor horn and has played for top bands including the Rothwell Temperance Band and the East Yorkshire Motor Services Band and how holds the position of Solo Horn in the Senior Band.
Sally is also often joined by other players from within our organisation to help teach our newest members.