Founded over 10 years ago by airline pilot Jim Trott with the initial donation of 30 rather old and well used brass instruments from his son's junior brass band; Brass for Africa now supports over 1000 children and young people in Uganda and Liberia every week through brass music education and life-skills training. The charity also provides employment opportunities and training for more than 40 African national staff.
Using music as a tool to empower and transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people, we have identified and measure 8 key attributes associated with learning music, such as self confidence, resilience, grit and perseverance. These attributes are integrated into each music lesson, resulting in transferable life-skills, which can be applied to the participants everyday lives.
The opportunity to learn and play music has the most profound, empowering and life-affirming effect, particularly on the disadvantaged young people, orphans, slum dwellers, ex street children, refugees and vulnerable children that we support. Brass for Africa works alongside local organisations to provide regular music education, life skills training and performance opportunities. Our experience has found music to be an extremely powerful tool to engage not only individuals but whole communities, and through brass music we are able to support so many life changing activities.”
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