SWITCH are a talented group of young musicians and MAC’s very own band in residence.
The band have been together for approximately 6 years seeing a change in members over the course of time and they are supported by dedicated and talented Music Leaders.
SWITCH write, produce, record and perform their own material covering important topics relating to their personal lives, the challenges they face and the community they live in as well as being young and having fun! Their songs advocate for equality, support women’s rights, peace and openly talk about special educational needs and disability.
SWITCH have certainly broken barriers within society through their musical talents and have performed at various gigs in their home town of Birmingham including; supporting the SEND National Crisis event. SWITCH were also delighted to perform at an event organised by London based charity, Heart ‘n’ Soul which supports young people with learning disabilities.
SWITCH have shared their experience and skillset to support events within the local music service acting as role models and delivering workshops to other young people from special schools across the city of Birmingham and within the local community.
I really enjoy SWITCH. I play different instruments like lead guitar, drums, bass and percussion. I enjoy recording and performing.
I am one of the lead singers and play electric guitar. I like recording and performing.
I am a rapper, singer and incredible lyric writer. My rapping nick name is Badshaah Bling. I can rap in 3 different languages. I am the newest member of SWITCH.
I am Eve
Making music is my passion
Guitar is what I play
I play lots of instruments in the band. I like playing the guitar a lot and the piano. I like being in the group.
I’m Cerys. I’m a big fan of music and dancing. I love being part of SWITCH, I play the iPad and also do some singing and dancing.
I am a lead singer for SWITCH. I write songs and enjoy performing. I enjoying creating music videos like “Switch on Your Happy Side”. I am also SWITCH’s rapper.
I am the drummer for SWITCH. I love jamming and performing with the band.
I have been playing piano for about 3 years. SWITCH has inspired me and I can now play in time with the band. I’ve really improved since joining SWITCH.
Audience memberThat was the best gig I've seen in years. Honest, no pretention and great music.
Participant's MotherWhat you are creating here is something quite unique and different... the concert was amazing.
We’re recruiting for SWITCH!
To date, SWITCH have released 2 albums including some great tracks such as: Birmingham Needs You, Makes Me Stronger & Positivity.
The band have performed in a number of shows including: SWITCH Sunset in MAC’s Outdoor Arena to The Squidz Club in London.
As some of our young band members are maturing and moving onto even greater things, we sadly have to say goodbye. Therefore, we have a rare opportunity to recruit new members.
Who are we looking for?
- Participants between the ages of 16-25 years
- Young people with additional needs or who identify as disabled
- Young people who love music and would like the opportunity to develop themselves as a young musician or vocalist
Participants can look forward to:
- Developing song writing skills
- Learning to play music
- The opportunity to perform at live events
- Meeting and socialising with their peers
- Having fun!
We’re interested to hear from music teachers or parents where appropriate who can refer a potential young person that may be interested in joining.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.