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 third year Discrete Maths student. He had been playing trumpet for 8 years before joining the Brass Society and switching to cornet for BrassSoc’s main band. He is also a cornet mentor for Beginners Brass. Before arriving at University, he had played trumpet in his school’s orchestra, jazz band and brass dectet but never a full size brass band.
Needless to say he has loved the experience and has since joined a community band near his home in London as well. Highlights of Joey’s time in BrassSoc include taking part in the Whit Friday brass band festival, going on tour to Cologne in Summer 2019 and all of the pub crawls.
Outside of BrassSoc, Joey is a member of the University’s Wind Orchestra and spends his non-musical free time going running and bulk cooking soups and curries for the week.
Sebastian is a third 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.
Madison is a third year Classical Civilisation student and has been playing trombone since the age of 8. Brass Society is the first time Madison has competed in a brass band and is thoroughly enjoying it (even if we don’t always win!). Highlights of her time in Brass so far include UniBrass in Bangor (twice!) and Tri-Uni, as well as the many trips to POP! and the pub after rehearsal.
Outside of brass, Madison enjoys baking, watching TV and going on long walks with her dogs. She is looking forward to continue being in exec by being Secretary this year, and she is excited to see what another year in the society has to offer!
Alwyn is a second-year engineering student. He has been playing trumpet for 13 years and cornet for 3 in numerous ensembles across Hampshire. Before joining the Brass Society, Alwyn played solo cornet for Otterbourne Brass and trumpet in the Hampshire County Youth Wind Ensemble (HCYWE). Alwyn also has experience playing the euphonium and french horn. His favourite musical moments are performing in a full-sized orchestra and concert band at the Royal Albert Hall, playing in Brandenburg Cathedral with the HCYWE, and touring Belgium with the Royal Holloway Symphony Orchestra. Alwyn has greatly enjoyed his time in the Brass Society, especially the socials, Real Ale Festival, Tri-Uni in Durham, and UniBrass in Bangor. On top of Main Band, Alwyn has also enjoyed being in Symphonic Brass – the Christmas concert with Hoggy being a particular highlight. Outside of BrassSoc, he spends his time in the Dirty Duck and playing squash.
Emma is in her third 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 third year History and Politics 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.
Tom is a second year history student whose main instument is trumpet. He had been playing for Hampshire County Youth Brass in the 4 years before joining BrassSoc, and with brass and jazz bands at school before that. Having played with brass bands prior to university, BrassSoc was the only society he knew he was joining before he arrived. Tom particularly enjoys socials and competitive events, such as UniBrass and Areas, and is very much looking forward to another year! In his spare time, he enjoys playing football, going to restaurants and watching films.
Lily is a third year Economics student. Before coming to Warwick, Lily had been playing the trumpet for 10 years in orchestras and brass ensembles. In her first year, Lily joined Symphonic brass. Then joined main band in her second year, taking up the flugelhorn, which she has very much enjoyed playing. Lily’s favourite aspects of brass have been socials and Tri-Uni, and she can’t wait to experience the contests she has missed out on, such as Unibrass.
Dan is a second-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 co-coordinate the Beginners and Intermediates brass ensembles with Finn. Outside of Brass he enjoys staying up late and coding.
Finn is a second 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 one of the Beginners Brass coordinators this year.