Oompah Brass are all children at heart, and coupled with our engaging repertoire of popular music this makes us the perfect music education tool. All members of the ensemble are DBS checked, and bring a wealth of experience when working with children. We are all classically trained musicians who are music educators ourselves – the real difference between us and other outreach ensembles is the much needed addition of endless fun!
As well as being a key outreach ensemble for the Durham International Brass Festival, Oompah Brass regularly work with schools and local authorities to provide inspiration and enjoyment to children of all ages. Says Maria Meyers, Director of Music at Finton House School, Wandsworth, “Their brilliance brought tears to my eyes, and the laughter and fun that Nathan delivered with his compering was refreshing… Today, Finton House was richer in spirit for hearing them perform.”
If there is one thing that Oompah Brass prides itself with more than anything else, it is the rare ability to instantly put a smile on anyone’s face regardless of age. This talent makes us an ideal choice for a whole host of outreach opportunities in the wider community.
Young brass players in Tower Hamlets and Newham are taking part in Oompah Spectaculah, a breath-taking adventure in learning to play Brass Ensemble music. Oompah Brass are working with young musicians in preparing six pieces of music, all of which have been arranged specifically for this new ensemble.
The brass players are meeting three times throughout the academic year, and will be given sheet music to take away with them and practice. In addition, Oompah Brass have presented a variety of “Launch Assemblies” in both Newham and Tower Hamlets, playing a high-energy concert for all involved to come and enjoy.
Some videos and photos of OOMPreach in action: