|About||The Facebook page of Gloucester Brass Band. Based in the heart of Gloucester city, we are a non contesting band with members of all ages and abilities!|
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!