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The Buccaneers Mini-Corps

School Road
Contact Person: Andy Marck

The Buccaneers Mini-Corps are looking to recruit talented musicians for brass and percussion at beginner to intermediate level. We are also interested to hear from any dance orientated people to take part in a unique performance style using various forms of equipment.

The Buccaneers Mini-Corps, is a group of talented musicians and colour guard who meet in Billericay and Basildon to practise and perform in the exciting American drum corps style – but on a much smaller scale! Formed in the summer of 2013, and founder members of the British Mini-Corps circuit, we have performed in competition and exhibition around the country and have gained a reputation for providing accomplished, feisty and highly entertaining sets, and we are looking forward next season to competing against more like-minded mini-corps as they form around the country, inspired by our lead!Our humour and enjoyment of our craft is always apparent both in our rehearsals and our performances alike, and we always have enormous fun.

The Buccaneers Mini-Corps is a self-funding group and will be competing and performing not only musically, but with movement and visual effects through an organising body known as SoundSport, which provides an indoor environment for groups of various performance styles to meet, share, and perform their skills to a paying audience.

As current members, we first discovered this unique style of music performance when we were in our early teenage years. We were all members of local groups from the Billericay, Basildon and Dagenham areas, including Billericay’s own Mayflower Corps, and even competed against one another. It is therefore at the heart of our ethos to encourage youth into our movement, and so we want to spread our enthusiasm, and provide an opportunity for local teenagers to experience the hugely rewarding thrill of performing music and showmanship together, as we enjoyed in our youth.

We are currently actively looking for new members of any age and ability – we want to gain interest from people within the local area and beyond, and introduce more people to this performance style, improve them as musicians and artistes and, by adding to our membership, provide a solid sustainable base for The Buccaneers to continue for many years to come.

So who are we looking for? The Buccaneers would like to hear from brass instrument players of all levels, percussionists for not only drums but tuned percussion instruments and also those that may be interested in movement and dance using various forms of equipment, including flags, rifles, ribbons, hoops and whatever other inspiration our music suggests! We also use electronic keyboards so pianists would not feel out of place either. Presently, we have a limited amount of instruments which would be loaned to members for their use. It is not necessary to be highly proficient at an instrument, we will always train you if you have enthusiasm and a wish to succeed and enjoy the ride with us.

We would currently also be very keen to hear of any opportunities to take part in local concerts and displays, including school events – to publicise our group, raise funds, gain members, and of course because we just love to perform!

If you would like to join us, or if you could offer an opportunity for us to perform at your event, please get in touch as soon as possible. Rehearsals normally take place on Sunday mornings at Bilericay School from 10am-1pm – please drop in any time to see what we do and have a chat.

The Buccaneers Mini-Corps are waiting to hear from you!!

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