Bluecoat Brass

Unlock your musical potential with Bluecoat Brass! Our mission is to provide brass music tuition, empowering beginners of all ages to learn and play.

Join our thriving band, where beginners of all ages receive weekly tuition from experienced musicians for just £7 per month! We help guide players every step of the way and can even provide you with an instrument to play for FREE!


Bluecoat Brass - Band Sessions - Take place on Monday evenings 18:00 - 19:30 at The Bandroom, Bedward Row, Chester, CH1 2NR

Bluecoat Brass - Beginner Sessions - Take place on Wednesday evenings 18:30 - 19:30 at The Bandroom, Bedward Row, Chester, CH1 2NR

For more information on how to join us at Bluecoat Brass please contact Richard Tarver at [email protected]


About Bluecoat Brass

Bluecoat Brass was originally founded on 1st April 2000 as the City of Chester Training Band. This was established as a feeder band to help support the main contesting brass band - City of Chester Bluecoat Band. The band went from strength to strength and in 2017 Ewan Easton MBE set up a third ensemble, the City of Chester Junior Band. This was specifically aimed at 7-11 year olds and helped prepare young players for playing in a banding environment. Many parents enjoyed attending the classes with their children and decided to learn to play alongside them. The concept took off and it proved a highly successful method to help beginners of all ages develop from scratch to enjoy playing in a brass band.

Today the two feeder bands are now known as Bluecoat Brass, with rehearsals on Mondays and Wednesdays and are suitable for all ages and abilities.



Which sessions are for me?

At Bluecoat Brass we encourage our players to attend as many practices as they possibly can.

* If you have never played an instrument before we suggest that you come along to the Beginner Sessions on Wednesdays. They are hosted by Peter McDonough a local brass teacher who is currently the Principal Euphonium player of Fairey Band in Manchester, and graduated with a Master of Music degree at the Royal Northern College of Music.

* If you have some previous experience in playing then coming along to the Band Sessions on Mondays is likely to be for you. They are hosted by Del Thomas who is our Euphonium player with the Main Band - (City of Chester Bluecoat Band). Del has many years of playing and conducting experience, and is driving the band to help develop the main band players of the future.


Meet the band

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Richard Tarvermore_vert Bluecoat Brass Co-ordinator

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Del Thomasmore_vert Musical Director - Band Sessions

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Peter McDonoughmore_vert Musical Director - Beginner Sessions

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