Billy is the finest, wisest and most whiskery conductor that ever lived. He takes his band to play in all kinds of weird and wonderful locations. Wherever the gig, the band are always faced with some mystery to be solved, or obstacle to overcome. By pulling together and using team-work, they always find a solution to the problem. Each adventure ends with a happy and rousing musical finale.

Through story books, family concerts and school workshops, Billy’s Band will entertain and inspire children to pick up a musical instrument and have a go.

Each book comes with a musical activities CD with special guests – including Simon Callow as Billy, Nicola Benedetti and Phil Cobb.

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Billy’s Band became a reality in 2008 when Dan Newell created the first book of the series, The Bandstand, to give parents and school teachers a fun and easy way to encourage young children to pick up an instrument and have a go.

Billy’s Band has grown from what started out as a single book to a series that includes three books, cartoons, workshops for schools, family concerts, activity packs for children, online resources for teachers, and a growing repertoire of specially written music.

Schools and families throughout the UK and as far beyond as Australia, Germany, India, South Africa, and USA, are enjoying making music with Billy’s Band, inspiring children with the lifetime love of music.

Dan Newell, creator of Billy’s Band, believes passionately that all children should have the opportunity to enjoy the experience of making music.

Dan started playing the trumpet at the age of five and went on to study music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is principal cornet with the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, having previously been a member of the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

You can hear Dan playing on the soundtracks of over 100 films and TV shows including Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Shrek, Love Actually, Angry Birds, and Kong: Skull Island.

He has also played with artists including Muse, Elbow, Florence and the Machine, Coldplay, and Sir Paul McCartney.

Dan’s dream is that Billy will become the first music teacher to many children throughout the world and help them find their musical voice.