Brass Lessons

Justin Thurgur | Brass

Lessons are £20 per half an hour.

(Hour lessons are also available)

To book a lesson with me, please give me a call on  07952035844 or alternatively email me on

Where were you born?
Taunton, Somerset

How long have you been playing your instrument?
35 Years

Who do you teach? (i.e age range, ability etc)
I teach all brass and have taught everyone from beginners to Music College students.

At University I trained Classically but as a performer I have specialised in African and Cuban music, Jazz, Funk and Reggae. I try and tailor my teaching to the interests of each student.

I have been teaching brass and running student groups since 1995, in schools, but also in numerous workshops around the country and abroad.

What is your favorite chord?

Who are your musical influences?
(In no particular order)

Curtis Fuller, Miles Davis, D’Angelo, Fela Kuti, Eddie Palmieri, Fred Wesley, Lee Morgan, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Ebo Taylor, Herbie Hancock, K. Frimpong, Cedric Im Brooks, Charlie Mingus, Tommy McCook, Wayne Shorter, Groove Collective, Josh Roseman, Bob Marley, James Brown, Abdullah Ibrahim, La Charanga Habanera, Irakere, John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, De La Soul, Jimmy Hendrix, The Police, The Beatles, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Jack Johnson, Oscar Peterson, Count Ossie, Ahmad Jamal, The Funkees, Cannonball Adderley, Julian Priester, and the guys I’ve been working with over the years; Dele Sosimi, Kishon Khan, and their crews…….

Top tip for learning to play your instrument?
There’s no replacement for regular practice.

I like to help people find what excites them about their instrument. Up there with practice as the most important thing is loving to play.

Be inquisitive and listen to lots of music.

Why should you learn to play an instrument?
There are so many ways in which playing music is great….. from chilling out at home, sitting around a campfire, playing in a band, to standing on a stage in front of 80,000 people watching them go crazy….. music connects you with your soul and as such is a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of daily life.

As a performer I am most well known as a member of the Folk group Bellowhead.

I have also been collaborating for over twenty years with the former Fela and Femi Kuti keyboardist Dele Sosimi, in his Afrobeat Orchestra, and with the keyboardist Kishon Khan, in a number of groups exploring the possibilities in African and Cuban music, Jazz, Reggae and Funk, including my own Afro-Jazz project.

As a session player I’ve worked with the likes of Afrobeat drum legend Tony Allen, Damon Albarn’s Africa Express project, Cuban giants Giraldo Piloto, Julito Padron and Changuito, The Selecter, The Levellers, Bukky Leo, Wara, Tony Kofi, The Soothsayers, Kodjovi Kush, Pandit Dinesh, Baby Akhtar and Osvaldo Chacon.

I was also in the band for the National Theatre production of ‘Fela’.



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