Training Section

The Training Section was formed in September 2003 and at the time consisted mainly of complete beginners and a few who had limited playing experience. Since then it has grown, developed, and evolved into 2 groups, the foundation group and the intermediate band.

Since the beginning of 2010 the training section has evolved further with the Foundation Group now becoming the Ipswich Hospital Training Band continuing with its development and beginner and intermediate players.  The Intermediate Band have now become the St Peter’s Band, performing at St Peter’s by the Waterfront and throughout Ipswich and Suffolk.

The aims of the Training Section are to:

  • Create an enjoyable learning environment in order to
  • Play an instrument
  • Develop the skills of reading music
  • Develop general musicianship
  • Graduate from the Training Band to the St Peter’s Band and the Ipswich Hospital Band when vacancies arise

Applications are welcomed from any member of the community including children. There is an annual membership fee. For anyone receiving school or private lessons, the aim is to consolidate tuition being given. For anyone who is not having lessons, the aim is to help learners achieve a similar standard.

The Training Band welcomes all players who wish to improve their playing within a group setting, but in particular we have vacancies for the following instrument players:

French Horn

Instruments and Home Practice

For those who do not have an instrument there are a limited number available to hire from the band. Alternatively, details about hiring from music shops can be provided. It is expected that learners will take good care of their instrument and commit to a certain amount of home practice so that they will succeed and progress with their instrument.

 In-house Assessments

The band offers yearly ‘in-house’ Grade 1-4 level assessments based on the criteria used by the Associated Board examination system. The aim is to provide members with an independent assessment of their ability and level of playing and a certificate is awarded. The pieces, studies, sight-reading, aural and scales are drawn from the syllabus of an external examination.

For more information about the training section or joining any of the bands please email