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Brass Band

There's something rousing about a great brass band. And it could be just the experience you're looking for.

What can I expect?

The NTU Brass Band started small. It began in 2013 as a quintet, but has bloomed into a thriving ensemble that's played around the UK; including winning awards at the world's only university brass band competition – Unibrass. Our brass band is led by NTU's brass tutor and renowned trombonist Peter Lacy.

How do I join?

Who can join?
Our Brass Band welcomes NTU students, staff and members of the local community.

Is there an audition?
There is no audition to join the Brass Band.

What experience do I need?
You should be able to sight read and play your instrument to around Grade 3 standard, but you don't need to have taken exams.

What if I don't have an instrument?
You may be able to hire an instrument from NTU Music. Email music@ntu.ac.uk or call into the Music Centre to find out more.

I'm ready to join – how do I sign up and how much does it cost?
You can purchase your membership through the NTU Online Store.

Membership for the academic year costs:

  • £20 for NTU Students
  • £40 for NTU staff and NTU alumni
  • £80 for community members

If you join after Christmas, the cost is discounted by a third.

What's included in my membership?
Your membership includes rehearsals and performances. You will need to supply your own concert uniform, which consists of a smart black shirt and trousers, with black shoes.

Rehearsal information

Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays (term time only) between 6.15 pm and 7.15 pm in University Hall on City Campus, or via Zoom for those needing to join virtually.

Our first rehearsal will take place on Wednesday 7 October.

For more information about rehearsals email music@ntu.ac.uk or call 0115 848 4570.

Performances and tours

Our Brass Band regularly competes, and wins accolades, at Unibrass – the University Brass Band Championship of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The band also performs at seasonal NTU events, including the Christmas Spectacular and Summer Celebration, and joins the Chamber Choir for a popular public Christmas concert at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall.

Members have had the opportunity to travel and perform abroad, touring recently to Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany.

Due to COVID-19 we've suspended our concert season, but we hope there will be opportunities for the Brass Band to perform in the new year. At present we are unable to plan international trips, but we hope to resume these once it is safe to do so.

Still need help?

NTU Music
+44 (0)115 848 4570