ABOUT Brass Factory Canterbury

Brass Factory Canterbury

“Welcome to Brass Factory Canterbury”


 “Where Brass Music isn’t just making music it’s making art”

I’m Tyme Marsters FTCL, Director and Primary Tutor at Brass Factory Canterbury and it’s hard to believe that BFC is already into it’s fifth year.


In January 2014 I retired from the New Zealand Army Band for serving over 20 years and I wanted to share my knowledge, expertise and brass skills to all ages in Canterbury. This is how Brass Factory Canterbury came to life. 


I have worked with numerous artists, which has helped develop a number of skills as a musician, tutor and a conductor. I have taught a considerable number of people at all levels and ages over the years, since 1992. 


Brass Factory Canterbury provides quality, well structured Brass Instrument tutoring for all ages and at all levels of musical ability. A privately owned business, providing students with organised lessons, recognised tutor material, ensemble and exam opportunities, all at affordable rates. Along with individual lessons BFC are involved in numerous musical ensembles from Jazz Ensembles to Brass Bands. 


When BFC was launched in September 2013 starting with just only a handfull of pupils, BFC have now taught up to 80 pupils to end the 2017 year. BFC is excited to announce to be in association with one of the most well known and most succesful brass bands in New Zealand ‘Woolston Brass’. Woolston Brass have three training bands collectively known as the Woolston Brass Academy. Each of these groups caters for a specific level of ability. In 2018 BFC will be involved and tutoring one of the three groups in the academy, the Woolston Learners Group. BFC is looking forward to helping the growth of brass players in this historic banding comminunity.   


Outside of the Canterbury region BFC is available for tutoring individual lessons; training ensembles and bands in brass band, jazz and big band or orchestra’s; conducting during youth band weekends, band training weekends, band rehearsals and concerts; along with performing master classes and solo performances; and adjudicating. 


I have a vision of up skilling Canterbury’s brass players, whether they are beginners, intermediate or advanced musicians. I believe they will progress and develop their skills no matter what the level at BFC!