OUR STORY

Founded over 10 years ago by airline pilot Jim Trott with the initial donation of 30 rather old and well used brass instruments from his son’s junior brass band, Brass for Africa now supports over 1000 children and young people in Uganda, Liberia and Rwanda every week through brass music education and life-skills training. The charity also provides employment opportunities and training for more than 40 African national staff.

Using music as a tool to empower and transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people, we have identified and measure 8 key attributes associated with learning music, such as self confidence, resilience, grit and perseverance. These attributes are integrated into each music lesson, resulting in transferable life-skills, which can be applied to the participants’ everyday lives.

OUR STORY

Founded over 10 years ago by airline pilot Jim Trott with the initial donation of 30 rather old and well used brass instruments from his son’s junior brass band; Brass for Africa now supports over 1000 children and young people in Uganda and Liberia every week through brass music education and life-skills training. The charity also provides employment opportunities and training for more than 40 African national staff.

Using music as a tool to empower and transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people, we have identified and measure 8 key attributes associated with learning music, such as self confidence, resilience, grit and perseverance. These attributes are integrated into each music lesson, resulting in transferable life-skills, which can be applied to the participants’ everyday lives.

OUR MISSION AND VALUES

The opportunity to learn and play music has the most profound, empowering and life-affirming effect, particularly on the disadvantaged young people, orphans, informal settlement or ‘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 proven music to be an extremely powerful tool to engage not only individuals, but whole communities, and through the skills fostered by learning music, we are able to support many life-changing activities.

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EDUCATION
EMPOWERMENT
OPPORTUNITY
GENDER EQUALITY
COMMUNITY

OUR MISSION AND VALUES

The opportunity to learn and play music has the most profound, empowering and life-affirming effect, particularly on the disadvantaged young people, orphans, informal settlement or ‘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 proven music to be an extremely powerful tool to engage not only individuals, but whole communities, and through the skills fostered by learning music, we are able to support many life-changing activities.

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EDUCATION
EMPOWERMENT
OPPORTUNITY
GENDER EQUALITY
COMMUNITY

PATRONS

GUY BARKER MBE

JAZZ TRUMPETER, COMPOSER, CONDUCTOR

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.

ALISON BALSOM OBE

TRUMPET VIRTUOSO

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.

THE TEAM

JIM TROTT

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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 an oil support helicopter pilot in Nigeria and on the North Sea. Now, as well as running the charity, Jim still works as an airline pilot. He is passionate about music, playing the cornet and the piano.

ANDREW AGASSI

UGANDA COUNTRY 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.

LIZZIE BURROWES

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC EDUCATION

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 of 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.

ANDREA BERBEGAL

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Andrea is responsible for the development and implementation of a strategic plan to raise vital funds for the organisation, alongside the US Development Manager. Working closely with the Executive Director, she also works on the planning and execution of international partnerships and artistic collaborations. She has previously worked as Creative Partnerships Manager for  arts agency Harrison Parrott, and 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 from The Guildhall School.

REBECCA RICHARDS

U.S. DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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.

LOISE WANJOHI

MONITORING AND EVALUATION OFFICER

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.

RONALD KABUYE

ASSISTANT 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 M-LISADA Senior Band and works with the management team to define and deliver our outreach programmes.

MARIA NAKABIITO

ADMINISTRATION AND LIFE-SKILLS OFFICER

Maria studied and grew up at the Tender Talents Magnet School. After her A-levels, Brass for Africa sponsored Maria through university and she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Community Psychology in 2018. Maria is at the hub of BfA operations and also teaches singing at The Mummy Foundation.

ALAN FERNIE

COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE

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.

MICHEAL NYOMBI

TEACHER AND COORDINATOR

Micheal grew up in the M-LISADA orphanage and started playing trumpet from an early age. Micheal 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.

BEST BAGUMIRABINGI

TEACHER - PHOTO REPORTER

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.

SARAH NAHABI

ADMINISTRATION AND LIFE-SKILLS MANAGER

Sarah is a paralegal and employment relations consultant. Sarah brings vast experience in employment relations and legal matters having worked with the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Federation Of Uganda Employers. She is a master trainer of Occupational Safety and Health and she joins BfA as the administrator and life-skills manager.

WE ARE WORKING WITH OVER 1000 DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE EVERY WEEK

Fundraise, donate, volunteer: there are many ways you can help the children and young people we support.

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WE ARE WORKING WITH OVER 1000 DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE EVERY WEEK

Fundraise, donate, volunteer: there are many ways you can help the children and young people we support.

GET INVOLVED