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Registered by The Charity Commission for England and Wales No. 1149863. Registered UK Company
Limited by guarantee Number: 8256267

BRASS FOR AFRICA’S MISSION IS TO TRANSFORM THE
LIVES OF DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
IN AFRICA THROUGH MUSIC EDUCATION AND LIFESKILLS TRAINING

Our Story

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.

Our Values

Education

Empowerment

Opportunity

Gender Equality

Community

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.”

THE TEAM

Jim is the Charity's founder and works tirelessly to lead the team and ensure Brass for Africa's success. For several years Jim worked as a helicopter pilot in Nigeria and on the North Sea. Now, as well as running the charity, Jim works as an airline pilot flying the 787 Dreamliner. He is passionate about music, playing the cornet and the piano.

Jim Trott Founder & Executive Director

Andrew is responsible for all aspects of the operation in Uganda, having previously been Head of Logistics and Administration. Andrew has an IT degree from Jomo Kenyatta University in Nairobi and prior to joining BfA, Andrew was the Regional Director of Hope 4 Kids International in Africa overseeing projects in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia.

Andrew Agassi Uganda Country Director

Lizzie holds a Masters in Music from Oxford University where she was also a choral scholar. She has been the Director of Music for a Large School in London responsible for the music education on over 900 pupils and managing 28 staff. Lizzie is the recipient of the "Alison Balsom Fellowship " and will oversee all of the Charity's education needs.

Lizzie Burrowes Director of Music Education

Having had a particularly tough start in life, living on the street and growing up in an orphanage, Ronald has been with Brass for Africa since its inception. He is now in a supervisory role with BfA, he plays trombone, is deputy conductor of the Mlisada Senior Band and works with the management team to define and deliver our outreach programmes.

Ronald Kabuye Assistant Director of Music Education.

Rebecca takes up this new role in U.S. having previously headed the team in Uganda for 3 years. Her experience has taken her from community-led projects in Ghana and Uganda, to research deployments in post-Qaddafi Libya. Rebecca holds a B.A. in International Relations and Global Affairs, and a Master of Arts in International Law and Diplomacy.

Rebecca Richards U.S. Development Manager

Maria studied and grew up at the Tender Talents Magnet School. After her A levels Brass for Africa sponsored Maria through university and this year she graduated with a degree in Community Psychology. Maria is at the hub of BfA operations and also teaches singing at The Mummy Foundation.

Maria Nakabiito Administration

Loise has a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and Business Administration, Finance major, and also holds a diploma as a Life Coach. Loise has previously worked with Ugandan NGOs as a Financial Controller, and is currently responsible for Monitoring and Evaluation of the various BfA programmes and participants. She is a proud wife and a mother of two.

Loise Wanjohi Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Alan lives in the Scottish Borders and works throughout the UK and beyond as a freelance musician, teacher, conductor, judge, and compere . A world class and renowned composer of brass music, Alan has composed pieces especially for the bands and young people involved with BfA and he visits Uganda periodically to train and mentor our teachers.

Alan Fernie Composer in Residence

Michael grew up in the M-lisada orphanage and started playing trumpet from an early age. Michael was also chosen to be one of the original ten teachers to participate in the BfA Teacher Training Programme. He is now on staff as a full time teacher and undertakes other roles of responsibility such as coordinating and mobilising his fellow teachers.

Michael Nyombi Teacher and Coordinator

Andrea is responsible for planning, development and execution of specific development projects. She is also Development Manager for arts-agency Harrison Parrott, and previously managed world-renowned musicians at IMG Artists. Andrea is passionate about people and music, and providing social-empowerment through the arts. Andrea holds a BA in Music.

Andrea Berbegal Project Manager

Best is from Kampala, he grew up in the M-lisada Orphanage. He has played the trumpet for ten years and is now a brass teacher having completed the BfA teacher training apprenticeship. Best attended a certificate course in photography at Uganda Institution of Business and Management Studies and provides much of the content for BfA media channels.

Best Bagumirabingi Teacher - Photo Reporter
Patrons

Guy has played with many of the top performers such as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Sammy Davis Junior. Guy has also worked with many of the jazz greats including Ornette Coleman, Gil Evans and Dizzy Gillespie and he has also toured with Hugh Masekela. Guy holds the prestigious position of Associate Composer for the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Guy Barker MBE Jazz trumpeter, composer, conductor

2013 Gramophone Artist of the Year, three time winner at the Classic BRITs and also three time winner at the Echo Klassik Awards, Alison Balsom OBE has cemented an international reputation as one of classical music’s great ambassadors and is ranked amongst the most distinctive and ground-breaking musicians on the international circuit today.

Alison Balsom OBE Trumpet virtuoso
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WE ARE WORKING WITH OVER 1000
DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN AND YOUNG
PEOPLE EVERY WEEK

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BRASS FOR AFRICA PROVIDES MUSIC EDUCATION AND LIFE
SKILLS TRAINING TO MORE THAN 1000 DISADVANTAGED
CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE EVERY WEEK