Everyone needs to keep learning, even instructors. To help bands progress and instructors develop their skills, Train the Trainer returns for 2019, bigger and better than ever.


When:Saturday 9 March
Tea and coffee from 8.30
9.15 - 18.00
Optional evening meal (additional cost)
Where:Nene Park Academy, Oundle Road, Peterborough PE2 7EA   
Cost:To cover the cost of opening the school we regretfully have to make a small charge of £2 per participant for BYBA member bands and £5 per participant for non-BYBA-member bands.


With a day packed full of practical sessions taught by an experienced team, instructors are sure to come away with some top tips they can put into action straight away. The training is suitable for young (minimum advisory age 11) and not-so-young alike; last year some very experienced bandmasters said they learned new things, so you are definitely never too old to benefit!

And what’s more, it’s just £2 per participant for BYBA members, one of the many benefits of joining the increasingly diverse BYBA family (and remember that membership is free for the first year if you are new to BYBA – what have you got to lose?).

This year we recognise the differing needs of traditional bands, drums corps and show bands by offering separate streams of learning.


  1. chromatic brass
  2. bugles
  3. mallets
  4. drum corps style drumming
  5. traditional style drumming


  1. movement (for drums corps and show bands)
  2. drill (for traditional bands)

Too often we just assume that everyone can teach, so new for 2019 we bring you a stream focusing on how to teach, including learning styles, planning and organising.

  1. teaching



Chromatic: Neil Wright
Bugles: Cpl Callum Gordon, Royal Marines


Mallets: Lindsey Vincent
Drums (dc style): Carl Curtis
Drums (trad. style): WO2 Russ Piner, Royal Marines


Movement (dc style): Jon Bilby
Drill: CSgt Chris Mace, Royal Marines


How to teach: Lynsey Mancini

More information and brief bio's on our Instructors are here! 






Download and complete the booking form and email it to training@byba.online by 1 March at the latest to secure your places. Learning streams will only run if there is enough support for them so please get your bookings in early so we can make timely decisions.

Payments should be made to BYBA via Golden Giving https://www.goldengiving.com/secure/donation/byba with a note in the comment box that it relates to Train the Trainer. If paying by cheque, please send to:

BYBA Training c/o B LEACH
10 Lias Close
Southam CV47 0NG

Bank transfers can be made to:

Sort code 40 17 60
Account number 31445596

Please use your band name and ‘TTT’ as a reference.


Tea, coffee and squash will be provided. Bring your own snacks and lunch.

Special needs

Please advise us on your booking form of any access, catering or medical needs.

Please contact training@byba.online or Barbara Leach on 07810 334056 if you have any questions about the event.