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Band Camp!

A brass band summer school with UniBrass flare

UniBrass is delighted to announce that Band Camp is back for 2022. Designed to be different, Band Camp is a brass band summer school like no other, specifically designed for students and those aged 18-25. The next Band Camp runs from Wednesday 24 - Monday 29 August 2022.

We've just released a handful of final spaces for Band Camp 2022. Don't miss out!

What is Band Camp?

Led by esteemed music director David Thornton (Grimethorpe Colliery Band, RNCM), Band Camp is a five-night residential summer school with a UniBrass twist!

In true UniBrass style, we'll balance rehearsals, sectionals, and workshops with excursions, outdoor activities and plenty of evening entertainment.

We will perform at a number of locations across Sheffield and West Yorkshire, including a local informal concert, a visit to Buxton Pavilion Gardens, and a final course-closing concert in the magnificent Sheffield Cathedral.


Participants will also enjoy other musical activities, such as conducting workshops, Q&A sessions, and more - as well as non-musical activities. 


Who can attend?

Band Camp is for any brass or percussion players aged 18-25 at the time of the course, those over 25 in higher education, or graduates with a recent connection to a university band.


You don’t have to be a current university student or at a university that competes in UniBrass. If you’re aged 18-25 you are welcome to attend. This includes school leavers pre-uni, current students, and those not involved in higher education.

This year we are making Band Camp bigger and have space for 55 participants.

When and Where is it?

Band Camp 2022 will be running from Wednesday 24th - Monday 29th August, and will once again be based at Hesley Wood Scout Activity Centre, near Sheffield.


You’ll have the option to stay in bunkhouse dormitory accommodation or to camp if you prefer. You will need to bring your own tent and camping equipment if you choose to camp. If you camp, you can store your instrument inside. Bunkhouse rooms will be allocated on arrival, but we will endeavour to keep groups together.

The venue is easily accessible by car or train. There’s plenty of parking and we can pick you up from Chapeltown station if you need!

Camping Site

How much is it and what's included?

Band Camp 2022 will cost £200 for bunkhouse accommodation or £175 for camping. We ask for a deposit and then a second follow up payment.

Most meals are included in these rates and provided on site. Sometimes we may go off-site for food and we’ll let you know nearer the time if this will be included or if you’ll need to budget for it.

What about Covid?

UniBrass are constantly monitoring the Covid-19 situation and working within guidelines to ensure the safety of all involved in Band Camp. Ahead of the course we will communicate up-to-date Covid requirements and information with participants.

All bookings include a maximum £10 non-refundable deposit in the event of cancellation due to Covid restrictions as there may be some costs associated with preparing this event that are unrecoverable. However, we will do our utmost to return these funds if possible.

What are you waiting for? Book Now!

A handful of places for Band Camp 2022 have just been released. Once they're gone, they're gone! So don't miss out and book now.

‘Band Camp is a great event full of quality music, creativity, team building, fun, and performances - all with the UniBrass energy! I can’t wait!’

David Thornton, Musical Director