The Embassy of the Republic of Germany in Sierra Leone graciously sponsored the project ‘Raising the level of brass playing in Sierra Leone’. This was spearheaded by the SES volunteer Stephan Flore from Germany. The experience benefited the academy in many ways, introducing the staff to various methods of teaching, and bringing together representatives of school brass bands. The concert at the end was a grand affair, involving the magnificent sounds of the RSLAF and SLP bands, Five Star Brass Ensemble, Music and Music Entertainment’s wind group and a combined schools band. Stephan’s friends Marvin Zimmermann, Yannis Burkhard, Britta and Folker Rohlfing took turns conducting the well rehearsed numbers and the auditorium resounded with appreciative applause each time.