The Shepherd Group Brass Band group is one of the largest Brass Band organisations in the country, made up of five ensembles with over 150 players. It offers brass-playing opportunities to anyone, from absolute beginners to Championship section players. Players who begin in Brass Roots often move up through the bands as they progress on their instruments. 

By partnering with the NCEM through the ‘I Can Play with Brass Roots’ project, the Shepherd Group Brass Band organisation demonstrates a commitment to providing accessible and inclusive opportunities for D/deaf and hearing players alike. The organisation will continue to undertake regular D/deaf awareness training.  

The launch event on 16th September was great fun - enjoyed by people of all ages.


Children (aged 7+) with any degree of deafness, their siblings and children of Deaf Adults (CODAs) are invited to join BRASS ROOTS.

Sessions take place on Monday evenings (term-time only)
Hi-Bay Theatre, Portakabin Ltd, New Lane, Huntington, York YO32 9PT

Join Deaf musician Sean Chandler for 30 mins at 6pm, and come along to the Shepherd Group Brass Roots ensemble 6.30pm – 7.30pm.
From just £15 every three months, you can attend these weekly sessions and take home your very own brass instrument on loan for no extra cost!

Parents / guardians are invited to stay for these sessions

For further information contact

Access: The sessions will be supported by Deaf musician Sean Chandler, who will use both spoken and signed communication.
Car Parking is available on site. Click here for a google map.

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I Can Play


The National Centre for Early Music's I Can Play! programme provides music-making opportunities for D/deaf children across the city of York.

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