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Woodwind, Brass & Percussion

 

Overview

Our WWBP team is made up of:

 

Jo Ashcroft – Flute
Alan Bacchetti – Clarinet
Simon Rennard – Double Reeds
Nikki Hopkinson – French Horn
Iain Archibald – Trumpet
Andy Foden – Lower Brass
Iain Sandilands – Percussion

 

Wind, Brass and Percussion instruments were first offered at Big Noise Raploch in 2010 allowing the creation of the first Big Noise Symphony Orchestra.

 

Children are offered the chance to play a Woodwind, Brass or Percussion at the end of P4 and start attending Big Noise After-School sessions at the start of P5.  As part of their programme of study, children get a 1-2-1 lesson and a mix of musicianship, small instrument specific and full band sessions.

 

We currently run 3 levels of band – Wind Band, Concert Band and Symphonic Band - which the children will progress through as they develop their playing skills. 

 

Wind Band

Wind Band is our beginner’s ensemble, currently lead by Jo Ashcroft (flute).  Starting off with simple tunes and short pieces, the students work first in a Woodwind, Brass or Percussion ensembles, working build the basic skills of playing and note reading. 

 

Half way through the year the come together to form the Wind Band, learning pieces such as Pop Rock, When the Saints, The Grand Old Duke of York and Frere Jacques.

 

Concert Band

Concert Band is our Intermediate level band which most children will join after they have been playing their instruments for at least 1 year, and is currently lead by Andy Foden (Lower Brass).  In Concert Band the children will continue to develop their individual playing skills as well as learning longer and more complicated ensemble pieces like Into Darkness, the James Bond Theme Tune, Funny Bones.

 

Members of Concert Band also form the Woodwind, Brass and Percussion sections of the Raploch Junior Symphony Orchestra.

 

Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band is our highest level ensemble and most children will join after they have been playing for at least 3 years, and is currently lead by Simon Rennard (double reeds).  At first the main focus for the children will be performing increasingly complicated pieces of music like Holst’s Millitary Suite and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Song of India as well as arrangements of Film Music, Musical and Pop songs.

 

As they continue in the band they get more opportunities to develop their individual playing skills, and members of this ensemble also play with other orchestras such as the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Scottish Youth Brass Band and Stirling Schools' Orchestra.

 

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