Our Junior Band
At Mayfield Band, we have a very successful record of teaching youngsters to play to a very high standard, and giving them a love and understanding of music that will hopefully stay with them for life. Many of our players are also inspired to play other instruments outside of the band, while continuing with their brass studies. Children of all ages and experience, including complete beginners, are all welcome, although 7/8 is normally a good minimum starting age in terms of stamina, having the right teeth, and the maturity to be able to practice regularly.

Beginners currently have a half hour group practice session at 6:45pm in the Band hut on Fridays. Once a certain level of competence is achieved, they are then asked to join the Junior Band, who practice at 7.15 for half an hour. Then, if they continue to develop, the juniors are then asked to stay on to practice with the Senior Band at 8pm. Once they are considered to be competent players, we will then ask them to play in the senior band at some of our public performances. All children are very different, but if they work hard and do regular practice, a child starting at 8 could be playing with the senior band by the time they are 10/11, and gaining invaluable experience that is not normally available from music education in schools.

As learning with us is normally on a group basis, individual tuition, either privately or at school, will help enormously to develop a child's playing. Given that it is difficult to find brass tuition at primary level, we are currently investigating the possibility of hiring a teacher to run an after school club and provide individual tuition. If this would be of interest to you, please get in touch with us.

Email simon@mayfieldband.co.uk or call Simon Rudge on 01435 872007.