Brass for Africa


This year, we are encouraging everyone to contribute to Brass for Africa. This not-for-profit charitable organization is making positive change for disadvantaged children and young people in Africa through brass music and brass music education.

Brass for Africa works alongside local organizations to provide regular music education and performance opportunities to many children and young people in Uganda and Liberia. Learn more below…

Here’s how you can support their work:

  1. Your event’s participants can contribute to Brass for Africa‘s inspiring work while celebrating the trombone! Here are three ways to contribute to this great cause:
    1. Purchase Johan deMeij’s amazing Two-Bone Concerto via a special arrangement with the iTunes store. He will give 20% of those purchases directly to ITA’s Brass for Africa campaign!
    2. Collect physical checks at your event and mail them to us (instructions as a pdf).
    3. Donate via the ITA’s online donation page.


Background: Brass for Africa began in 2009, when founder Jim Trott was helping to store 30 rather old and well used brass instruments, whilst waiting for his son Angus to finish playing in his junior brass band. On finding that these instruments were potentially destined for the scrap heap, Jim, a British Airways pilot, set about finding a new home for them on his next duty trip to Kampala, Uganda.

Jim was introduced to Bosco Segawa, founder and director of the M-lisada Organisation, an orphanage in Kampala whose benevolent work revolves around a brass band and cultural dance troupe. Jim was so moved and inspired by the work of this organisation, that on his return home, appealed to his local community band to raise the funds to ship the spare instruments to Uganda. Thus, the story of Brass for Africa begins!

Brass for Africa is extremely excited about the recently announced association and partnership with the prestigious International Trombone Association! –Paul Collins, Brass for Africa UK Team Member

Development and Sustainability: Over successive years and working with M-lisada as a local centre, the number of Brass for Africa’s charitable outreach projects and quality of their brass band has grown. Bosco and Jim have been able to fund and build a refuge and learning centre for the young girls of the Katwe Slum in Kampala, called the Mummy Foundation. Personal and developmental benefits for the young people involved with Brass for Africa have included improved self-worth, team-work, communication and presentation skills, literacy, numeracy and coordination.

Regarding music education, and while considering the future increase of Brass for Africa’s operational capacity, founder Jim Trott’s genius idea was that the older children of M-lisada, now in their late teens and being players of five to six years standing, could become music teachers themselves. This could become a viable career choice or way of funding themselves through higher education, whilst  improving the lives of other disadvantaged children in satellite outreach centres.

The Future: The future of Brass for Africa looks bright, the very first Brass Learning Manager is offering educational and musical support in position in Kampala, and a new targeted UK Brass Band initiative has been announced. The charity is delighted that renowned conductor and adjudicator Richard Evans has agreed to take the position of Brass Band Ambassador from the 1st September 2016. In this role Richard will be using his inimitable charm to speak to the banding community about Brass for Africa’s work in order to elicit further support.