Train the Trainer Event

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Come and join us for a practical set of workshops on training your band, delivered by people with passion and experience. The day is intended to support the great work you do, giving you tried and tested ideas and strategies.

There’s a choice of areas and specialisms, which you can sample and move between, taking the elements which best fit your needs.

Saturday 24th February 2018

Outwood Primary School,
4 Southlands,

11am – 4.00pm

£3 per attendee (BYBA member band)
£5.00 per attendee (non-member band)

Sections covered:

  • Marching Percussion
  • Wind Section
  • Tuned Percussion
  • Drill technique

Ever wanted to know:

  • more about teaching your ensembles?
  • Why we do what we do and how we could do it better?

We will be covering a range of topics on the day from:

  • How to warm up correctly and why!
  • Articulation and phrasing
  • What good/bad technique might look like
  • How to approach and prepare for leading a rehearsal and what the pit falls are
  • Why we use specific techniques to do certain things
  • How to approach ensemble teaching
  • How to create musical interest and what this feels like.

To book your place please email Neil Wright at

Please include the following information:

  • Band/Corps Name
  • Who will be attending
  • Instrumentation/Sections taught by the attendee

Let us know – are there any specific areas you would like us to consider covering on the day that would be of specific interest to you and your band?


CV of the Instructors for the day.

 Carl Curtis: Percussion

Carl started his marching band career with the 37th Kingswood Scouts where he was a marching member before he started teaching and arranging for the percussion section, eventually going on to become Corps Director.

Under Carl the percussion section won numerous titles for both cadets and the senior corps including: High Percussion and various corps titles. He also marched in America with the Colts for two years ageing out as section leader.

He has been arranger for Vintage Percussion and Unik Star. Carl won BYBA young musician of the year in the early 2000s and is a Vic Firth education artist.

 Dave Stones: Tuned Percussion

Dave is a former Chair of BYBA Judging, and has full time experience in military music, as well as teaching a number of youth marching bands over the years: Cavaliers, 37th Kingswood Drum & Bugle Corps & Cadence Drum & Bugle Corps to name but a few.

 Neil Wright: Wind

Neil started playing in a marching band at the age of six on cymbals, progressing from snare to tuned, to brass instruments, particularly trombone and trumpet. At eighteen he became musical director of the Red and Greys Traditional Youth Marching Band, National TYMBA champions in 1997.

He has a B.Mus.(Hons) and QTS, and has been teaching secondary school music for 22 years, Head of Music for 10 years. He was founding Band Director of Trinity School Show Band from 1998 to 2007.

Neil also has a lot of wider musical experience and is Musical Director for The National Scout & Guide Concert Band, Musical Director of Newark Young Sinfonia and is Bandmaster of the Stapleford Citadel Band of the Salvation Army.

 Jon Bilby: Drill Technique

Visual Instructor, The Cadets; Drill Designer, Cadets2
Jon Bilby is a graduate of Goldsmiths College, University of London where he earned his BA Honors degree in Design Education.Jon began his drum corps journey aged nine and had marched a full nine seasons before performing as a member of the Cadets of Bergen County from 1996-1998, ageing out as Cadet Of The Year in 1998.He immediately joined the instructional staff in 1999 and has remained an integral part of the instructional staff for over a decade.Jon has continued to be involved in the marching arts as a designer and educator throughout Europe, Italy and Ireland, most recently for Mayflower A Winterguard.