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York Trash Bang Crew

Trash Bang Crew has been the inspiration of Billy Hickling from the well-know percussion group STOMP. Using junk instruments and body percussion to engage young people through outreach workshops in schools, youth clubs and pupil support centres and regular weekly sessions at Door 84 Youth Club. 

This work has recently expanded through Shine, which is the City of York Council's provision for holiday activities, with Trash Bang Crew in the parks over the summer holidays.  This proved so successful that we are considering a second regular weekly group targeting children with special needs.

In the wake of the Hearing Conference, Trash Bang Crew also worked with deaf trumpeter Sean Chandler on a 2-day project to engage deaf and hearing children in music-making.