About Bollywood Brass Band
The Bollywood Brass Band is the UK’s pioneering Indian-style wedding band, playing the great tunes and compulsively danceable rhythms of Bollywood.
The band has performed all over the world – in venues, at festivals, and for Indian weddings in the UK, Norway, India, Thailand and South Africa. The BBB is versatile, playing both amplified stage sets and in a street formation, and they are equally at home headlining a festival or delivering exciting workshops in schools.
Repertoire covers classics from the Golden Age of Bollywood up to current hits and stage shows can feature Bollywood film clips or a dancer to get your audience up and dancing. With brass, saxophone, dhol drums and a colossal sousaphone, the BBB is one of the most colourful, joyful and exhilarating acts around.
Bollywood Brass Band provides an exciting and engaging experience for schools or hubs and can tailor workshops, interactive talks and performances to young people at all key stages.
Workshops are creative, informative and fun and enable students to experience live Bollywood music, dance and video projections, gain appreciation of less common instruments like the Dhol, Tabla and Sousaphone
What they say...
'Awesome! Just as exciting as last year!' West London Academy
'It was an amazing experience for all the children and staff, thank you so much!' Selborne Primary School
Education projects in detail
You can find information about the full range of Bollywood Brass Band education services below.
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Bands and Ensemble Workshops
From brass and wind to classroom instruments, our versatile members can engage any age group in making an exciting ensemble sound.
Our experienced workshop leaders can make creative arrangements with any combination of instruments. From brass and wind to keyboards and guitars to classroom instruments, our versatile members can engage any age group in making an exciting ensemble sound.
- We have worked with school bands and ensembles in many parts of the UK including in Hereford, Macclesfield and various London Boroughs.
- We have also arranged our music for youth brass bands and for community bands.
- In 2009 we were commissioned by Music for Youth to create a collaborative piece for the Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. Kay Charlton arranged and conducted a version of Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire and Dil Laga Na from the Bollywood film Dhoom.
Interactive performances – Live music and unusual instruments
Performances can be adapted for any age group and are accompanied by colourful Bollywood film clips. We demonstrate all of the instruments, including the dhol and sousaphone and there is lots of audience participation. We leave follow-up student worksheets with questions on the music and the concert.
Dance workshops – Bhangra and Bollywood beats
All BBB drummers are experienced percussion workshop leaders and have worked in various styles. Drum workshops include Bhangra and Bollywood beats and can also include fusion such as samba beats combined with Bhangra.
All percussion and types of drum can be included, eg: drum kit, dhol, tabla, djembe, congas, bongos and more. We can bring up to 10 dhols with us.
Develop listening skills, respond to aural and visual cues and play together as a group.
Our musicians are experienced at working in Special Schools; workshops are inclusive, friendly and responsive to the individual needs of pupils. They help children reach their full musical potential and include games, singing, percussion and playing a simple arrangement of a Bollywood tune. Workshops develop listening skills, responding to aural and visual cues and playing together as a group.
Participants will listen intimately to drums, wind and brass instruments; play along with BBB musicians and enjoy visually stimulating Bollywood film and dance.
Multimedia presentation – Bollywood film, weddings and more
The presentation with images, video and music, with the full band or 2-3 members as required.
A talk outlines the Band’s history, the development of the Bollywood film industry, brass bands in India, South Asian weddings and Bollywood and Bhangra in Britain today.
Some live performance and demonstration of instruments is included.
GCSE, A-Levels and Further Education
These workshops develop pupils’ understanding of the context and structure of Bollywood music.
- Make classroom arrangements of a Bollywood tune
- Learn to arrange music from our repertoire
- Work towards a performance at the end of the workshop
- Improve listening skills through analysing the structure of a Bollywood song
- Explore musical elements such as interplay and contrast
- Look at dramatic devices such as stops, drum breaks, dynamics
- Learn about the context of Bollywood film music from a historical and practical point of view
- The Music of India/Bhangra