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Huffing, puffing and having a blast with Great Yarmouth Brass

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:01 08 March 2014

A brass fun day at Gorleston Baptist Church.
Finn Ward playing the Cornet.

A brass fun day at Gorleston Baptist Church. Finn Ward playing the Cornet.

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A brass band which launched a plea for new training members says it was bowled over by the response.

Around 26 youngsters aged from three to 10 turned out for a fun a day in Gorleston which introduced them to instruments famed for their big booming sounds. At first very few could sound a note with most of the action focused on games involving huff and puff, and generally having a blast.

But by the end of the day and thanks to a mix of enthusiasm and effort the church hall in Lowestoft Road was reportedly “nice and noisy.”

Great Yarmouth Brass launched the appeal after so many of its youth members progressed to join the main band leaving space for new blood.

Principal cornet player Penny Gilbert said the adventure fun day was a great success.

Newcomers were introduced to the joy of music-making through clapping and buzzing games, and races involving straws and balls.

Mrs Gilbert said: “It is not like switching on a computer and everything happens in an instant. Playing a brass instrument is a challenge for children. But we are such a friendly band that if someone cannot play it doesn’t matter. Being part of the band teaches lots of skills, helps with maths and is just great fun too.”

Great Yarmouth Brass, which celebrated its 40th milestone last year, is preparing for its next competitive test at a regional qualifier this weekend. Around 50 people are directly involved with the band which organisers say is “healthy and strong.”

The tradition of competition, helping out at concerts and raising money for charity were its main drivers buoyed by a love of the cheerful, rousing sound of brass at its best.

Everyone who attended the fun day will receive a letter inviting them to join the training band, whatever their level, and hopefully help guarantee its future. There are no costs involved in being a member and a full range of instruments is available to play including cornet, tenor horn, baritone, euphonium, trombone, tuba and percussion.

Although Great Yarmouth Brass is enjoying a flowering the number of youngsters coming through is said to have dipped from time to time mainly because of the lack of music teaching in schools.

Many parents were put off by the cost of instruments and lessons meaning otherwise musical children missed out.

To find out more visit the band’s website at or contact Mrs Gilbert on 01502 713208 or

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