Tom’s ”Brass for Africa”

Leyland Band’s Principal Trombone Tom Challinor visits Uganda to work with charity “Brass For Africa”

The Corps of Army Music recently deployed a group of musicians including Leyland’s Tom Challinor, to work with the Ugandan Peoples Defence Force musicians, providing them with lessons in music theory, instrumental tuition, ensemble playing and sectional work.

The team visits various countries to facilitate the building of cooperation on a cultural level.

Brass For Africa

Founded in 2009 by airline pilot Jim Trott, the charity works in various orphanages in impoverished parts of Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, distributing unwanted brass instruments colected from all over the world to children, then working with them to form bands and giving them a musical education.

The charity’s ethos is Music – Life Skills and Destitution Alleviation (M-LISADA). The Corps of Music team found this to be an overwhelmingly positive experience and could not fail to be touched by the plight of these young people.

Tom (Lance Corporal Challinor) commented :- It’s so rewarding working with these young people, knowing that what you are doing can lead to them having a real future away from the poverty they’ve grown up with.