Youth Program

Kingston’s premier brass and percussion ensemble, BrassWerks, is establishing a Youth Band Program. The Youth Band Program will provide a unique opportunity for brass players aged 10-22, from beginner to advanced, to make music in a brass band. Students of brass instruments - the players and teachers of the future - will have the chance to participate in rehearsals, concerts, clinics, competitions, recordings and more. They will be tutored by the experienced and versatile players of BrassWerks who are experts in their fields: Kingston Symphony musicians, composers, arrangers, musical directors and music teachers.

BrassWerks has launched an Appeal for Donations to the Youth Band project, and is delighted to announce that, thanks to a grant from the Ontario Arts Foundation, all donations received by March 25, 2008 will be matched 2-for-1. This means that every dollar donated becomes three dollars, as long as it is received by March 25. The target is 500 donors and $8,650 in donations. BrassWerks has already raised $1,500 through a successful and entertaining jazz-dinner show at the Ale House on February 22, thanks to the generosity of Brian George of the Hub Group and the ArtsVest partnership. This leaves $7,150 which, if received by March 25, will be tripled.

All donations, large and small, will be gratefully received. Please mail donations to: BrassWerks Youth Band Appeal, Kingston Arts Council, PO Box 1005, Kingston, ON K7L 4X8. Cheques should be made payable to “Kingston Arts Council re BrassWerks”. Tax receipts, issued by the Kingston Arts Council on behalf of BrassWerks, will be provided for donations of $20 and over if an address is supplied. Please donate now, before March 25, to triple your impact.

For more information about this exceptional opportunity for young musicians, you can contact trumpeter Dr. Lawrence House directly by email: [email protected].