The Brasshoppers

Brass Band at TMC

Brass musicians are a special kind of crazy... Let's embrace it!

Friends, it’s been a long time coming, but we’ve finally arrived – Tustin Music will soon have a brass band!

Weekly rehearsals will run for 10 weeks and will then end with a concert evening to show the fantastic work of our brass students.

Each class will last for 60 minutes and will focus on the following core skills that every musician (and every human being!) should develop:


Playing in a band is a completely different experience than individual practice. Playing in a group is often the most powerful catalyst for quick improvement of a student’s musicality, including their understanding of rhythm, harmony, dynamics, texture, and more. 


Rather than playing written music from a book, students will be encouraged to learn how to make music together, even if they don’t have anything written down. This will include the generation of new ideas, problem solving, integrating feedback, and refining pieces until they’re performance-ready. 

Mindful Listening

Students will need to learn how to listen carefully to their fellow musicians in order to contribute meaningfully to the music that they’re playing. 


Of course, working in a band with other musicians is much like working with colleagues, sports team members, or family members. Students will learn what it means to respect and work with their peers while contributing to the group aim.


Music should be fun, playful and life-giving, so students will be encouraged to express themselves through their instrument in the group environment. 


If you’re interested in your child being a part of this pilot brass band, please register your interest. We do not have a set start date, but as soon as we have enough interest, we’ll communicate with everyone regarding the best date to begin.

Simon J. E. Drew

Band Leader & Head Tubist

Simon Drew is an Australian musician whose main instruments include trumpet, singing, piano, didgeridoo, and lower brass. He has 12+ years of experience as a working musician and band-leader, including multiple performances at festivals and three long-term contracts with his jazz quartet onboard the world’s largest cruise ships. He has three jazz albums and three original composed albums to his name.