The University of Warwick Brass Society is the ideal way to get involved in music. Whether you already play brass or percussion, or you would like to learn, there is something for everyone in our four different ensembles. You can join Beginners or Intermediates if you are new to the brass world, audition for our stellar dectet or join the unauditioned main band which regularly contests.
BrassSoc is committed to maintaining a high standard of music across all the ensembles, as shown by the recent successes of our main brass band in contests around the country, as well as our performances at regular concerts. Of course, it’s not just about the music, and as a society we hold a wide range of socials and activities during the year, from bowling and bar crawls to our annual Pudding Social, as well as a yearly tour, which this year saw us in Cologne. Even if you don’t come from a traditional brass band background, there’s nothing to worry about! Many of our current members had no experience of playing in a brass band before coming to university, which is a testament to the quality and musical diversity that the society offers.
If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, we are always very excited to welcome new members to the society, and I hope to see you at a rehearsal or concert soon! If you have any queries, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Emma Poppleton, Brass Society President 2019-20
Joey is a 4th year discrete mathematics student. He plays cornet and baritone in BrassSoc’s main band and is a cornet mentor for beginners brass.
Before arriving at university, he had played trumpet in his school orchestra, jazz band and brass dectet but never in a full size brass band. Needless to say, he has loved the experience with BrassSoc and his since joined a community band near his home in North London. He is also a regular trumpet and occasional trombone player with the university Wind Orchestra.
He is enormously looking forward to a busier and more exciting year of music making and social events. Highlights of his time in BrassSoc include taking part in Whit Friday, going on tour to Cologne and all of the pub crawls
Sebastian is a fourth year engineering student. He has been playing trumpet since he was 8 and playing in various ensembles include his county youth orchestra since he was 10. He plays cornet in the main band.
Outside of Main band Sebastian plays trumpet in the Wind Orchestra and loves to play Airsoft.
Emma is in her fourth year studying Biomedical Systems Engineering. After learning the clarinet and piano, she decided to venture to brass. At the age of 12, Emma joined her local brass band and learned the cornet. At the start of her first year at university, Emma joined the Brass Society and plays in the main band. Her favourite moments include going to Durham as part of Tri-Uni and the joint tour to Cologne with Wind Orchestra (who she also plays with).
Sidney is a fourth year History student. He has played cornet for 12 years, playing in a variety of Brass and Concert youth bands at school and in Suffolk. He joined Brass in his second year and has loved the experience of playing in bands at Warwick with great musicians. The highlights of Sidney’s time with Brass so far were TriUni in Durham and UniBrass in Bangor, even with gale-force winds, hills and endless stairs. (He promises not to let Reg be stolen by Leeds next time.)
Sidney also plays in the University Wind Orchestra, is an obsessive book collector and reader, has somehow over the years amassed a collection of discarded sheet music photocopies, and also has an insatiable obsession with penguins. If not deep in the library he is usually found in his second home: The Dirty Duck.
Dan is a third-year computer science student that has played trumpet for 10 years before switching to cornet, participating in many different ensembles including a youth orchestra, a jazz band, and a handbell team, however he had never played in a full-sized brass band before university. Having enjoyed many socials and events with BrassSoc he stepped forward to join the exec. Outside of Brass he enjoys staying up late and coding.
Finn is a third year Engineering student and has been playing trumpet since he was 10. Prior to studying at Warwick he played in his local youth orchestras and jazz ensemble, as well as somewhat reluctantly picking up the cornet to join a brass band for 2 years. Since joining Brass Society, however, his enjoyment of brass banding has grown with the opportunity to play a wide range of music and compete in several contests (which have appealed to his competitive nature).
His favourite experiences with the society over the last year have been carolling, the UniBrass contest and subsequent pub crawl, and the opportunity to be a mentor. He is really looking forward to building on this opportunity as the Symphonic Brass coordinator this year.
Louisa is currently in first year studying Classical Civilisations. She has been playing the French Horn since she was seven years old, playing in a variety of Brass and Wind ensembles. She joined Brass Soc at the beginning of first year and also plays in the Wind Orchestra. Despite her first experience of Brass Soc being different to a usual year, she has still enjoyed the rehearsals and socials she did get to attend, and is pleased to get a chance to be more involved in the society by being on the exec.