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'Favela Brass' Music School Prepares for 2016 Rio Games
Young favela musicians in Rio de Janeiro practice for a two-week long marathon of performances during the Olympic games.
Tom Ashe, a 36-year-old professional trumpet player from Britain, plays trumpet with favela children during band rehearsal. Tom's love of Brazilian live music bought him to Rio where he founded 'Favela Brass'. The band will play every day in neighborhoods during the 2016 Olympic Games.
Clarinet teacher Mariana dos Santos rehearses with the students. The project provides free music and English language lessons, according to the 'Favela Brass' website. "Children in Rio's low-income neighborhoods rarely have the opportunity to learn to play brass instruments, which is a huge shame considering that music plays such a central role in the cultural and social life of the city," the site says.
The young Brazilian students meet three times a week and practice at home. The group will have a number of performances, playing shows on Rio’s beaches, official Olympic music venues and city centers during the games, according to ITV.
Members of 'Favela Brass' play together as a troupe. Tom Ashe's efforts are supported by donations and a wide range of public and private partnerships with institutions like The British Consulate-General, Rio de Janeiro and AirBnB. The program aims to "create a tradition of brass and percussion... rooted in Rio's rich musical heritage."