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Blowcomotion is a Community Brass Band Learning Workshop. We welcome folks of all musical abilities.

We believe that you can always dust off that old tuba from high school, learn a new instrument, or pick up music for the first time entirely, even if you didn’t have that chance as a kid. Come to Blowcomotion to learn music or just to play! We welcome adult players of all skill levels, even total beginners.

Read more about our mission to and how we came to be!

Blowcomotion Rehearsals Resume in Person!

We have been hosting weekly sectionals and practice using BandLab and Zoom. Now, we are ready to meet in person again! Starting in June, we meet as a whole band every Tuesday, at Patterson Park near Mueller. We ask that anyone attending rehearsals be fully vaccinated (2 weeks after your second vaccine dose). 

Find out more about our weekly sessions

Meet some of our instructors!

Please make sure you are on our mailing list so that you do not miss the lessons. Contact us to join!

Support Blowcomotion!

Sharing music with others can transform lives. We build musicians and provide them with a community to play with. But now we need your help!

Blowcomotion is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. We have started a Patreon campaign to continue to hire music instructors and to purchase and refurbish loaner instruments for new musicians. Please consider donating!

Here are other great ways to support Blowcomotion!

Blowcomotion is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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Join Our Workshops

Attend a weekly rehearsal to see what we are all about!

  • Do you already play an instrument and want more brassy fun?
  • Did you put down your horn when you left school?
  • Have you never played an instrument before but want to learn?
  • Did you go to HONK!TX and wish you could do that?

Come play and learn with us!

The Blowcomotion workshops are where the magic happens.

  • Sectionals meet weekly for the first hour of rehearsal with an instructor. Trumpets, Trombones, Percussion, Reeds – whatever your instrument, join your tribe for weekly lessons, discussion and fun!
  • We have a full band rehearsal for the second hour.
  • We also use Bandlab to collaborate on recordings of our tunes.
Anyone can join our practices by emailing

We will take your contact information and add you to the email list. Have your instrument or drum ready for the monthly workshop if you want to play. Need an instrument? See below!

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We  have loaner instruments available. Email us for details.

Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm

  • Warmup: 6:45 – 7 pm
  • Sectionals: 7 – 8 pm
  • Full Band run-through/jam: 8 – 9 pm

Workshop Location

When it’s warmer (Spring, Summer and Fall) we meet at Shipe Park. Stay tuned to email announcements for this week’s location!


During the winter we meet south of the river in the winter at Adapt of Texas, 1100 I-35, Austin, TX 78702
(at the SW corner of Riverside Drive)