Camp Fire

Band Camp!

A brand new brass band summer school

UniBrass is delighted to present Band Camp, a new exciting brass band summer school experience specifically for students and those aged 18-25. Designed to be different, Band Camp is a brass band summer school like no other.


Find out more and sign up below!

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 be performing at a number of locations across Sheffield, including informal tourist attractions and a final course concert. Guest tutors will be announced soon.


Who can attend?

Band Camp is for any brass or percussion players aged 18-25 at the time of the course, or those over 25 in higher education.


You don’t have to be a current university student or at a university with a band 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.

When and Where is it?

Band Camp 2021 will be running from Wednesday 25th - Monday 30th August, and will 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. 


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

Camping Site

How much is it and what's included?

Band Camp will cost £190 for bunkhouse accommodation or £160 for camping.


These rates are on a half-board basis, and self catering facilities are available too. You can choose to pay in one lump sum or split into a deposit and second payment.

What about Covid?

UniBrass are constantly monitoring the Covid-19 situation and working within the guidelines to ensure the safety of all involved in Band Camp. There’s more information about our Covid procedure on the booking page.

What are you waiting for? Book Now!

This first event has limited spaces and demand is expected to be high, so book now to avoid disappointment!




We would love you to bring a group from your University or Youth Band, but all participants need to book individually.


Band Camp is hosted by The UniBrass Foundation with support from Brass Bands England.

‘UniBrass has injected energy and drive to band activity and now Band Camp will extend that work. I’m looking forward to a great event; full of quality music, creativity, team building, fun and performances. I personally can’t wait!’

David Thornton, Musical Director