Training Band Sheffield | Loxley Brass Band Training Band rehearses at Stanwood Methodist Church, Stanwood Drive, Stannington S6 5HZ, South Yorkshire, on Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:30pm (during school term time); new 'novice' members are always welcome for the training band, including those ‘more mature members’ who would like the opportunity to ‘re-start’. Please contact us prior to your visit. Professional individual tuition is available if required.
Robert Straw CTABRSM is the Loxley Training Band conductor: as far as we are aware Rob is the only training band conductor in Sheffield to have been professionally trained to teach music – he has over 30 years’ experience in brass bands, playing and conducting at many levels, as well as jazz ensembles and big bands – Rob is a full time professional musician and is also an accomplished keyboard player and teaches brass instrument playing and keyboard. You can follow Rob on Twitter @brassteach
Loxley Training Band draws potential members from Oughtibridge, Deepcar, Wisewood, Wharncliffe Side, Worrall, Wadsley Bridge, Hillsborough, Bradfield, Loxley, Stannington, Rivelin Valley, Crookes, Walkley, Crosspool, Tapton, Fulwood, Ranmoor, Ecclesall and beyond.
Loxley Silver Band is a member of the Sheffield Brass Network: a vehicle for Sheffield brass bands, brass instrument players, volunteers, committees and musical directors to work together for the benefit of all brass bands in the Sheffield area.
The band room has full wheelchair accessibility and associated facilities.
We have several instruments that we are able to loan to committed Training Band members and we encourage these members to join in with one of the main band rehearsals at least once a month so they can witness first hand what its like to be part of a full brass band and also so that they can make the best advantage of the wealth of experience that is available.
At Loxley we try to promote small Training Band concerts whenever we can and, where possible, encourage Training Band members to ‘sit in’ with the main band at concerts as soon as they feel able to do so.
Many of our former members have gone on to play with some of the top bands in the country and then they often come back and ‘sit in’ with us – Dale Garner for instance, who plays soprano cornet (sop) with Marsden (Championship Section) Silver Prize Band and is ‘always winning prizes' – his grandfather, until recently, still played Ebb bass with us. There must be something in the water around here that generates so many good players – another of our alumni is Tom Osborne who is now co-principle trumpet in the Hallé Orchestra.
Comments from some of our Training Band members:
“I’ve wanted to play a trombone for years & years! Loxley Training Band has allowed me to: a) Borrow a trombone, b) Play with the band, c) Learn to play! (Excellent help, encouragement & tuition from Rob).”
“It is a fantastic learning environment. ALL ages and such FUN!!”
“The quickest hour of the week!”
“I’m allowed to make mistakes and encouraged to improve!”
“I have two experienced and wonderful older players sitting either side of me – they gently help and encourage and support me.”
“I get to play the cornet and learn to play with others, as well as having fun.”
“It’s my “me” time.”
“I look forward to this every week and the hour flies by.”
“It’s good to meet new people of all ages.”
“It gives me something to focus on and look forward to during the week.”
“Andrew helps me a lot when I struggle with which valves to place down when there’s flats or sharps. Everybody’s so lovely too.”
“The band has given me confidence in my playing and the opportunity to experience playing music with other people.”
1. Playing A Musical Instrument Makes You Cleverer:
Many studies have been conducted on the effects of music to the brain. Scientists say that children who are exposed to music, or those who play an instrument, do better in school than those who don't. Recent research suggests exposure to music may benefit a child's reading age, IQ and the development of certain parts of the brain. Adults can also benefit from learning to play an instrument because it helps the mind to be alert and remain active eventually helping to sharpen the memory.
2. It Teaches Discipline:
Learning to play an instrument is like learning to speak another language and it can be challenging at times. One of the qualities musicians possess is discipline. You have to be disciplined in order to master playing your instrument. You have to set time each day to practice, practice and practice some more.
3. Playing A Musical Instrument Relieves Stress:
We all have days when we are so stressed out and we just want to take a break from it all. Have you ever noticed that when you hear soft, soothing music you feel more relaxed? Playing an instrument can do that and more, especially if you're the one playing. Music is one of life's simple joys; it helps calm the mind.
4. Sense of Achievement:
If you're a beginner learning to play your first piece, it can be frustrating. But once you've mastered it, the satisfaction you'll feel is priceless. Never mind if it's just a simple piece, believe us, you'll never forget the first piece you've mastered. You are one more step closer to achieving your goal and that is certainly something to be proud of.
5. Playing A Musical Instrument is Fun:
Yes, it can be a lot of hard work, but there is no denying playing an instrument is fun. Once you get better at it, opportunities will arise for you to share your newly learned skill with your family and friends. Who knows, you may also consider playing professionally in the future just like some of our former members. Playing a musical instrument opens up a lot of good possibilities that are bound to enrich your life.