Create A Buzz!

“Create a Buzz!” is a brand new competition designed to help bands or schools to create a brand new learner ensemble.  Warwick Music Group (WMG), in partnership with Brass Bands England (BBE), have offered 5 bands the chance to each win a set of 20 of the fabulously fun pBuzz learner instruments.  

WMG, BBE’s new strategic partner for Youth Development, aim to enable brass bands to kick-start their beginner band programmes and create the next generation of players. Brass bands, schools, and other voluntary organisations were invited to apply for the use of a set of 20 pBuzz instruments to give children aged between 5-11 the chance to learn, play and perform.  Each of the Create a Buzz! groups then had the opportunity to grow followers far and wide.  They were asked to create a short video* featuring their young pBuzz players which will be shared by BBE and WMG on social media channels, on the web, and with local and national TV and radio.  BBE have also commissioned outstanding composer, Jonathan Bates to create a piece especially for Create a Buzz!, where the learners will be able to play together with a backing track or their main band.  This initiative can be used to feed existing youth band activity or as a catalyst for new youth bands.

Resources to support band leaders in providing a fun and valuable educational experience are available on the pBuzz website.

For part two of our competition, all bands awarded a set of pBuzz instruments will be invited to compete for a further prize of 10 pBone and 10 pCornet instruments, which will be awarded to the group with the most entertaining and informative video performance of our specially commissioned music.

Awards will be made in July 2018 and the winning pBuzz band will be invited to perform the Jonathan Bates piece in front of a capacity audience at the BBE National Youth Brass Band Contest at Warwick Arts Centre.  Applications will be judged on plans for creativity, fun, and likelihood of the young people to continue playing.  The more creative and far-reaching the better.


Entries Part Two:
If you are one of our lucky winners, the video of your pBuzz journey and set piece performance will be forwarded for judging by our expert panel.  This gives you the chance to win a set of 10 each pBone and pCornet instruments for your beginner band.  The closing date for submission of the video is Monday 2nd July 2018 for all pBuzz bands.  The winning band will be notified by Friday 6th July 2018, with their pInstruments arriving with them the following week.


* Video/photographic permission should be obtained. See, register and complete the questionnaire, access your action plan and click on BandSafe2: Membership Information to access BandSafe2-Membership-Information.pdf which contains a permission example.