Freshers 2017/18

If you are starting at (or returning) to Warwick in October, then we would love to welcome you to the society. Our four ensembles provide opportunities for every member of the Warwick community to get involved with playing or learning a brass or percussion instrument, and our busy social schedule provides plenty of opportunity to get to know new people.

Hopefully this page should give you an insight into life as a BrassSoc member, but if you have any other questions, then don’t hesitate to drop us an email, or contact us on social media.

There are just 4 simple steps to get involved with BrassSoc!

1) Check out below which ensemble is right for you.

  • Brass Band – Rehearsals Wednesday 5:00 -7:30pm, Avon Drama Studio, Westwood 

    Instruments: Almost every brass instrument going and, importantly, percussion! If you play a non-traditional brass band instrument, youare still welcome to join us and we have many instruments we can loan to players – at no cost to you!Standard: Unauditioned – we welcome everyone! The parts on offer are very varied, so we should be able to find something which suits your ability. We are a high ranking 4th section band in the National Championships, and we consistently place highly at UniBrass (the inter-university brass band contest).

    Events: We participate in a range of concerts and contests throughout the year, often collaborating with other societies or artists. We also organise trips away to take part in the TriUni concert (joint with Durham and Leeds university bands), and for the annual end of year tour.

  • Beginners’ Brass – Rehearsals Wednesday 3:00 – 4:00pm, Avon Drama Studio, Westwood 

    Instruments: Almost any brass instrument – we have instruments for you to borrow free of charge. N.B Not saxophone, as it is not a brass instrument!Standard: Anyone who has very little or no experience playing a brass instrument. If you cannot read music, then don’t worry as we can initially teach you in a way which does not rely upon this ability, and our volunteers can assist you in learning this skill.

    Events: We offer mentoring and group rehearsal sessions, aiming towards low pressure performances on campus. Our Beginners often also join us  carolling in the Christmas period.

  • Intermediate Brass – Rehearsals Wednesday 4:00 – 4:45pm, Avon Drama Studio, Westwood

    Instruments: Almost any brass instrument – we have instruments for you to borrow free of charge. N.B Not saxophone, as it is not a brass instrument!Standard: Those who have limited playing experience, or might be a bit rusty!

    Events: We offer mentoring and group rehearsal sessions, aiming towards low pressure performances on campus. Our Beginners often also join us carolling in the Christmas period.  Hopefully our intermediates will be able to progress to our Brass Band before too long!

  • Symphonic Brass – Rehearsals Friday 5:00-7:30pm, Avon Drama Studio, Westwood 

    Instruments: Trumpets, Trombones, French Horns, Tuba and Percussion.Standard: This is our only auditioned ensemble, and  players of Grade 7/8 and above would be more suited to the ensemble, owing to more challenging repertoire.

    Events: We perform at concerts in the local area, with previous venues including bars, live music venues and Warwick Castle! Our quintet is comprised of players from the ensemble, and performs at the University’s graduation ceremonies.

2) Discover what you could get up to when you join the society.

Some of our new members from 2016 have kindly offered an insight into their highlights from their first year in BrassSoc. Read about their experiences by following the links below!

From Pubs to Puddings: The Social Side of BrassSoc – Emma Poppleton, Bass Trombone

Break with Brass: A Postgrad’s Perspective – Tomos Morgan, Solo Cornet 

Contests, Tour and much more: A Plethora of BrassSoc Opportunities – Helen Wood, Solo Cornet

3) Follow us on social media for news and updates.

Find us on:

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4) Meet us at the Freshers Fair on 4th October, join us at the first rehearsal for your chosen ensemble and, if you’re really keen, buy your membership here. (Don’t panic – It’s only £4 for the whole year!)