WHIT SPIRIT BRASS BAND

If you're not going out, join in ...

So, it seems we're confined to barracks for a while (to quote Chuck Berry, we've no particular place to go!), but worse than that, this year's viral mess seems to have put paid to 'the greatest free show on Earth', the famous Saddleworth Whit Walks and Contests.

So, let's make sure we properly mark the occasion, as we have done since 1884, by pooling our creative skills and putting on a performance that celebrates both our geographical diversity and our solidarity through music with our Whit Spirit virtual brass band project.

Watch our Whit Spirit trailer video here

What we are doing ...

We're putting together a new 'virtual brass band' to record and release on 5 June 2020 a music video of traditional favourites to evoke the memories and emotions of Whit Friday banding.

We're providing an opportunity for Brass Banders to play and record audio and video with us online. We would like all regions, ages and abilities of players across our nation to be represented. We'd love to see you playing in your gardens, in your own streets, wearing your own band uniforms, perhaps half-closing your eyes and imagining yourselves under the tree at Dobcross or marching through Delph ...

How we are doing it ...

We're posting updates and information on the Bored Bandsmen Facebook Group and also on our Four Hills Music Facebook Group . Contact us giving your name, instrument, regular band name and email address and we'll send you more details.

In brief, we record a 'click track' (bass line, guide melody) and send it to you, along with music relevant for your instrument. You practise it and record yourself on video, listening to the click track on headphones to keep in time and pitch. We collate everyone's recordings centrally and mix down a collaborative audio track and make a music video from what you send us.

How good do I have to be? ...

Anything goes. We can hide or 'fix' any duff notes (lol) ... but seriously, we don't want a perfect, 'elite' performance, rather we want to reflect the whole range of abilities and experience in the British brass banding universe, just as we experience and celebrate those things at the real event.

Who are we? ...

This is an independent project for the purpose of encouraging, entertaining and inspiring people everywhere to make and enjoy making music. In 'normal' times, we run some excellent local community music projects in Saddleworth, Oldham and London that include Enfield Film Orchestra, North London BrassEnglish Jazz Orchestra and North London Singers.

We are a team of professional musicians with decades of experience. In these difficult times,  we want to continue to use our talents to help yours shine brightly and most of all to bring hope.

Next steps ...

Email us on martyn.stogden@yahoo.co.uk or contact us on this link to let us know you're interested and for further details. If you're under age 18, you'll need to get permission from an adult, please).

If you're not going out, join in ...

Martyn and Claire Stogden

martyn.stogden@yahoo.co.uk

Enfield

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