The roots for A Touch of Brass are firmly within a traditional heartland of brass band heritage. All of the members of the ensemble come from this proud tradition and are keenly aware of the importance of both honouring it and keeping it alive.
The local area had many bands aligned to the ironstone mines throughout the region. New Marske, where A Touch of Brass rehearse, was just one of them. Whilst a traditional brass band has twenty five brass players plus percussion this group (although fluid in number) has ten. This allows the ensemble to perform different arrangements of inspiring music alongside some traditional marches and hymns when required.
A Touch of Brass also encourages and supports young people in learning the art of brass musicianship and maintaining this proud tradition.