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Tuesday 28 June 2022

Brighton Band Aims To Mentor New Players & Raise Further Funding To Teach Resettled Ukranian Refugees

The Saltdean Jazz Band (SJB) – a community organisation for amateur musicians wanting to play big band music – is seeking someone who would like to learn the trombone for free lessons.

Set up just prior to the first lockdown, SJB has around 20 members and now has funding to support a beginner or improver with a view to them learning to play the band's tunes.

This opportunity would suit anyone with an interest in music who hasn't yet had the chance to learn an instrument, or someone who used to play trombone and needs to build confidence to be able to play with the band.  An instrument will also be provided.

Those who would like to be considered for this opportunity should, in the first place, email for further information.

Lessons and support will be provided to the person most likely to benefit from this opportunity and who has the time and commitment to become an active member of the band.

Founder of SJB, Janet Kelly, said: 

"We are delighted to be in a position to have funding for someone to learn the trombone or improve."

She added that the band is also seeking further sponsorship to allow other potential members – including Ukranian refugees living in the area – to enjoy the benefits of learning music and being part of a friendly and supportive organisation.

"Not everyone can afford the cost of learning or buying an instrument and therefore we hope to be able to provide a real community service and give access to music to as many people as possible. 

"This includes those who might have had to leave their instruments behind when fleeing their home country or whose ability to practice has been curtailed."

Saltdean Jazz Band meets on Thursday evenings at St Martin's Church in Longridge Avenue, Saltdean, from 7.30 to 9.30pm.  All musicians of all abilities and instruments are welcome. There are no auditions – just come along and join in.

by: Mike Cobley


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