The Brass for Africa story began one Saturday morning in February 2009 when our founder Jim Trott was helping to store 30 rather old and well used brass instruments whilst waiting for his son Angus to finish playing in his junior brass band. On finding that these instruments were surplus to requirements and potentially destined for the scrap heap, Jim, who is a British Airways pilot, set about finding a new home for them on his next work trip to Kampala.
Brass for Africa now supports more than 1000 children and young people in Uganda every week through brass music education.
The opportunity to learn and play music has the most profound, empowering and life-affirming effect, particularly on the disadvantaged young people, orphans, slum dwellers, ex street children, refugees and vulnerable children that we support. Brass for Africa works alongside local organisations to provide regular music education, life skills training and performance opportunities. Our experience has found music to be an extremely powerful tool to engage not only individuals but whole communities, and through brass music we are able to support so many life changing activities.”
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