Welcome to the Home of Gloucester Brass!
Gloucester Brass was formed in 1992 from a small nucleus of experienced players joining with some enthusiastic learners of various ages.
It has grown steadily, now numbering over 30 players, ranging from 13 to 80+ years of age. You are never too old to learn and enjoy this fascinating pastime! For twenty years the band was led by Roger Pearman, who succeeded in creating a real sense of commitment and shared enjoyment in music-making amongst all band members, whatever their musical background. Roger decided to retire from the position of conductor and musical director in 2011, handing over the baton to Mark Knight, a long-standing member of the band with considerable conducting experience.
The guiding principle of Gloucester Brass has always been to play music that is as enjoyable for audiences to listen to as it is for the band to play. We do not take part in brass band contests, but focus entirely on preparing for and giving public performances, which take place in a variety of venues, including churches, shopping centres, garden parties, flower shows, fetes and public parks. We have a wide repertoire, including music from musicals, film and TV themes, marches and arrangements of classical music.
The band draws its members from within the city boundaries, with a few members travelling from the surrounding district. It is always on the lookout for new members, of any age and all levels of ability, including absolute beginners. Many of its players did not start playing brass instruments until their middle age (or beyond).
In January 2017, the band decided to introduce a Beginners Band specifically designed for people who had never picked up a brass instrument in their lives. This group welcomes both children and adults who want to see if playing in a brass band is for them.
We would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in playing for us, or joining the Training band, or arranging for us to play at an event.
Please do not hesitate to contact us!
**8th April 2017 - Webmistress' Note** - We are currently raising awareness of a fundraiser which is happening on behalf of Stephan Sykes, a young trombone player who is suffering from Hodgkins Lymphoma. Musicians from around the world have been pulling together to help raise the money for a much needed drug that is not currently funded on the NHS. The most recent attempt has involved musicians (mostly trombone players) filming themselves playing the well know trombone solo 'The Acrobat' and donating £5 minimu to Stephens cause. This is followed by posting the video on Facebook in order to encourage other musicians to do the same. This has now been performed thousands of times by people in both sensible and humourous ways, and has raised almost £65,000 in only 13 days!
If you feel that you would like to join in, or even just donate a small amount without doing so, please visit the donations page for this cause - Save Stephen! - and the Facebook page if you need the sheet music and to see some very talented musicians! - Acrobat Challenge!
The senior band rehearses on Monday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:15pm and Wednesdays from 8.00pm to 9.30pm at the Park Street Mission Hall in Gloucester GL1 2DA (near the car park at the back of Sainsburys Northgate st. Branch).
The Training band meets on a Wednesday evening from 7:00pm until 8:00pm, also at the Park Street Mission Hall .
The Beginners band also meets at the same place on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm until 8:00pm.
Although we always welcome any new players, there are certain positions that are vacant and need filling.
- Third Cornets