Thank you Andy Casterton and The British School

Thank you ever so much to Andy Casterton and The British School, Rio de Janeiro for the donation of a Technics digital piano to the project. Believe it or not we were a music school without a single keyboard or piano in sight – until now! Thanks also to João Neri for driving us downContinue reading “Thank you Andy Casterton and The British School”

Thank you Denize Rodrigues!

One of the main reasons for the Favela Brass project is the high price of instruments in Brazil. All of our wind instruments are from abroad. Except one: after giving her first lesson for our students, Brazilian saxophonist Denize Rodrigues donated a mint condition tenor sax to the project. As well as being an extremelyContinue reading “Thank you Denize Rodrigues!”

#FavelaBrass2016 – Our First Chance!

The first concrete opportunity of our ‪#‎FavelaBrass2016‬ campaign has arrived! Yesterday Rio’s Culture Ministry invited Favela Brass to the the launch of a new program, which will award the 120 winning bands with R$20,000 and the chance to play up to 5 shows on the cultural stages that will be set up around the cityContinue reading “#FavelaBrass2016 – Our First Chance!”

Joe Howe, Jonas Corrêa and Tyler Willoughby

American percussionists Tyler Willoughby and Joe Howe from Southern Oregon University in the United States, currently in Rio performing and teaching at the Brazilian Music Conservatory, visited the project last week and decided to come back on Thursday, this time to help with some serious rhythm and snare drum training for our students. At theContinue reading “Joe Howe, Jonas Corrêa and Tyler Willoughby”

Favela Brass and Volunteer in Brazil

Favela Brass is very proud to announce that we are now being supported by UK-based charity Volunteer in Brazil (also known as VinB). Volunteer in Brazil was conceived by its founder, Joe Howson, whilst he served as a volunteer in North East Brazil in the early 1980′s. VinB founder Joe Howson The charity exists toContinue reading “Favela Brass and Volunteer in Brazil”

Lots of Students + Lots of Teachers = Lots of Learning!

In the 18 months that the project has been going there have been times when we’ve had lots of teachers and there have been times when we’ve had lots of students. Predictably, we always seemed to end up with the most teachers when we had the least students and vice versa! That has now changed.Continue reading “Lots of Students + Lots of Teachers = Lots of Learning!”