About

Favela Brass is a music school for children in the Pereira da Silva favela in Rio de Janeiro.



Children in Rio's low-income neighbourhoods rarely have the opportunity to learn to play brass instruments. Favela Brass, founded in 2014 by British trumpet player Tom Ashe, provides 36 youngsters, aged 4-16, with free music lessons three times a week and an instrument to practice on.

The long-term aim of the program is to create a tradition of brass and percussion playing in the community, which combines Rio's rich musical heritage with the jazz and second-line tradition of New Orleans.

During the 2016 Rio Olympics, the children were featured on the BBC's coverage of the opening night of the games, and subsequently on BBC news.

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