In the first term of this year Favela Brass entered into partnership with 4 local state schools, taking on 72 new students between the ages of 8 and 10. We are pleased to report that the program has been extremely well received by the parents, students and school administrators and we anticipate further expansion of our activities within the 4 schools in the near future. Our students in the schools are learning either percussion or melodica, and next year the melodica students will all move on to either trumpet, cornet, trombone or alto saxophone. At the end of the first term of 2019 we brought together all of our students to create a "bloco" comprising more that 100 students (half on melodica/xylophone and half on percussion) in Praça São Salvador in Laranjeiras:
Our original students in the Favela are still going strong and the event also had separate shows by our intermediate and advanced brass bands, who play in green and purple, respectively:
To reach the point where we are able to provide instruments for so many children is fantastic and we'd like to say a big thank you to all of of those who have helped us to achieve this through donations of instruments and cash, and through organizing and participating in the many Favela Brass fundraising events that have benefitted us over the years.