Open access bands

An open access band (or orchestra) is one where pupils at the beginning of their music making can be in an ensemble and make music together.

Normally these take the form of a wind band or orchestra. The bonus of doing it online is that any kind of instrument can join in – from violins to recorders, pianos to pots and pans percussionists.

Open access bands tend to use music specifically arranged or written for the ensemble to ensure it meets the needs of the musicians in the group, and to ensure it can be flexible. The Dragon March has been written with that in mind – plenty of options parts wise which can include people with absolutely no musical experience to those with higher grades!

Although the Dragon March (and this idea in general) is aimed at primary aged music makers, absolutely anyone can join in. If you have a higher grade on an instrument then be wary that the parts might seem quite easy to you – or alternatively, that some tricky flourishes might be added in to give you a challenge!

The Dragon March

Here’s the Dragon March – the piece we’ll all be collaborating on!

The Dragon March is a piece specifically aimed at learners. There’ll be parts for every level – but in order to ensure there’s one perfect for your children please submit the below form. If you have a keyboard at home (or on a tablet/iPad) but no formal music skills there’ll be parts with note names and colour notes notation. No instruments? Marches need lots of percussion! Whether you have drums, shakers or just pots and pans, there’ll be something you can play! However, I’ll need to know what you’re intending on playing so I can ensure there’s a part prepared for everyone.

To join in, you’ll need to fill in the below form. I’ll need to know:

  • Who wants to join in, and roughly what level they are (so I can ensure I’ve got a part for your instrument, in the right key and the right sort of level!),
  • Some information about teachers if applicable (so I can double check levels!)
  • How I can get in touch with you

Parts will be shared in a few days on Dropbox!