The Training Band is a branch of the Heath Band and is run by members of the Band; most Training Band learners transfer to the Heath Band once they can play and read the music well enough to be able to join in.
This is a fun way of learning to play a musical instrument in a friendly, relaxed setting. It is also great experience for people starting to learn at school or elsewhere, who don’t already play in a band)
Who can join
It is open to children and adults of all ages – from about eight upwards. No previous experience necessary, and membership and instrument-loan are free.
Session times and venue
We meet on Wednesday evenings from 6.45-7.45 at Heath Barn during school term times.
Sessions start with 1-1 or small-group tuition on how to play the instrument and how to read music. We meet as a whole group from 7.15 onwards.
The whole-group part of the session is particularly suitable for people who have their instrumental lessons at school or elsewhere.
Training band members are issued with an instrument; people often start on the cornet and either continue with that or move onto an instrument of their choice. Except for trombone, they all work in the same way, so changing instrument is straightforward.
The instruments and books of music belong to the Heath Band and are on loan to members and must be kept in good order – members are also given tuition in how to care for the instruments.
We give an informal concert for friends and family every term, with parts for everyone – including complete beginners. The Training Band also joins in with some of the Heath Band events, usually by playing a set of pieces during the concert.
How to join
The Training Band is run by Kath Mowbray, Kathryn Faulkner and Chris and Lewis Cowan, with regular help from three other Heath Band members.
If you’d like more information, please contact the Training Band co-ordinator, Kath Mowbray by email –
firstname.lastname@example.org, or ring or text 07981752162
you would be welcome to come and observe a session and try an instrument.
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