Invite Foothill Brass to Your School
Foothills Brass tours to schools across North America, helping to build future generations of music listeners, lovers and performers. Since 1981, Foothills Brass has reached about one million students!
We would love to come to your school and perform an interactive concert or work one-on-one with students as part of a residency program.
The Building Blocks of Music
We show how music is put together! Step-by-step we create songs using the building-blocks of Tone, Rhythm, Melody and Harmony. Then we highlight how these building blocks are used in other great songs the kids already know, such as Star Wars, Under the Sea, and the Harry Potter soundtrack! One lucky volunteer gets to be young Mozart and conduct, many join us on rhythm instruments, and all see how to build simple brass instruments from household items. Great fun and learning!
The Trio program, with three players, suits smaller audiences, up to 150 students. This is an interactive presentation with emphasis on the science of sound and how music and instruments change over time. Introduces the brass from tuba to piccolo trumpet, with visits from the other families of instruments. Singalong with a banjo ukulele? Mario Brothers theme on sopranino recorder? Serious fun!
The Time Machine
Join Foothills Brass as they use their REAL Time Machine to search out amazing musical characters from the past! Watch a gruff caveman learn how to play the first “brass” instrument – a cowhorn. A Roman soldier brings a historic fanfare trumpet; J.S. Bach builds a fugue; a visitor from 19th century Paris teaches us the Can-Can. A Cool Cat from the ‘60s struts his stuff while playing Pink Panther! A truly entertaining and educational show.
Fast paced and entertaining, this show is geared towards the middle school to high school student, with repertoire from Handel to the Blues, Star Wars to The Incredibles. Many of the “classical” pieces will surprise the students with their familiarity, often from cartoons and commercials! Each instrument is featured.
To give students close-up contact, and let them ask informal questions, Foothills Brass concerts are followed by visits to classrooms by individual musicians. The students learn about sound and the instruments through experiments and observation. We are always happy to play their favourite songs!
After a concert, Foothills Brass will work with your band students. Workshops on breathing, sound production, articulation and ensemble techniques will improve basics. Rehearsals with your students will help them apply and understand these concepts, and can be used to prepare for an exciting evening concert by Foothills Brass and your students.
If you are in Alberta, please look into the Alberta Foundation for the Arts “Artists and Education” granting program. We are on their roster for residencies. Applications for this program are due April 1st for the following school year.