Returning to Kolbuszowa is always a pleasure for me. I’ve been visiting the music school for around 5 years and the school is administered by an enthusiastic team who care passionately about the role of music in the lives of children in the region. Judging by the very happy atmosphere within the institution it seems to be much -loved by all the students.
Kolbuszowa itself is a small town in south-eastern Poland, with a population of only just over 9000 people. It is situated in beautiful forests and lies close to the Carpathian Mountains. Its recent history is traumatic. During the war, German troops burned down part of the town and about half of the Jewish population died. It was close to Kolbuszowa that, after the war, testing sites were discovered for the V1 and V2 rockets. After the war Kolbuszowa was rebuilt including a new library, the Museum of Culture and a new rail link connecting Kolbuszowa to all the major cities in Poland.
Today, Kolbuszowa is a quiet town but not when we have a trumpet or brass course which happens with increasing frequency. The first week of July each year sees the the annual Trumpet Acadeny course but in April we held a 2-day brass course for local students living in Kolbuszowa County. Brass players aged from 10 years through to adults worked with a stellar line up of tutors on a variety of ensemble pieces culminating in a final performance on Day 2. The tutors also showed off their skills with individual contributions accompanied by Wioletta Fluda which was much appreciated by all the students.
The tutors for the course were:
Paul Archibald (trumpet)
Tomasz Slusarczyk (trumpet)
Tomasz Bińkowski (horn)
Maciej Łakomy (bass trombone)
Wojciech Rolek (tuba)
Wioletta Fluda (piano)
It completed an inspirational week for me working in three different music school -Bytom, Žywiec and Kolbuszowa – collaborating with some of the finest teachers and brass players in Poland. Most memorable for me was the attitude and enthusiasm of all the young players I met during my time in this wonderful country. I look forward to my next visit in July for the annual Trumpet Academy course.