Welcome to the Gillingham Imperial Silver Band website. We are a friendly brass band located in the south west of England, and we are currently graded nationally in the 3rd section. Please check out our vacancies page as we are currently looking for various players.
A date for your diaries!!!
On Saturday 18th April 2015 the band will be welcoming International Euphonium Soloist Glyn Williams to Dorset. Glyn and his wife Helen, both principal players with the World famous Foden's Band, will be leading an afternoon of workshops and featuring as soloists in an evening concert. Both events will take place at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton. The workshops will be open to members of all local brass bands but spaces are limited so please contact us soon to secure your place! More details to follow in the New Year.
2015 promises to be an exciting year for GISB. Our first concert of the year is on Sunday 8th February at The Olive Bowl, Gillingham, at 3pm. Beat those winter blues and join us for an afternoon of light music. The bar will be open!
After this we knuckle down to rehearsing for the major contest of the year, the West of England Regionals at Torquay's Riviera Centre on Sunday 15th March. This year's test piece is Philip Sparke's "Evolution - Five states of change". The piece takes its inspiration from a branch of Chinese philosophy 'Wu Xing' - five elements, phases or states of change, musically describing five emotions. On the last weekend in February we will be welcoming the highly respected brass player, teacher, conductor and adjudicator Paul Cosh to the bandroom to help our preparation of this wonderful piece.
No rest for the wicked, after the contest we have only a few weeks to prepare for the first major concert of the year, featuring International Euphonium Soloist Glyn Williams at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton on 18th April. Tickets available from The Exchange, £10 and £7.
In May we welcome once again our old friends from Musikzug Viktoria Hille in Germany. Watch this space for more details of our schedule for their visit, the late May Bank Holiday weekend.
It with great sadness that January 2015 sees the band saying goodbye to the Morgan family. 2nd horn player Steve "the Vicar" - formerly rector of Semley Parish, has secured a new job as a naval Chaplain in Plymouth. An enthusiastic member of the band since joining in 2011, Steve only learnt to read music and play brass in 2008. His commitment and rate of improvement has been an inspiration. The senior band also loses his son Toby, who at the tender age of 11 is one of the most promising young cornet players the band has had for a number of years. In addition to this the training band will lose 2 of Steve and Jemma's other sons, Henry (trombone) and Finley (flugel horn). What a hole this will leave in both bands!
We wish the Morgans the best of luck in their new venture, and you can be sure that whichever band they join in Devon, will be a lucky one.
Best wishes also go to another of our horn players, Angie Hurley, who moved to North Devon in December. Since rejoining the band in 2014 after a long break from playing, Ang has not only been a committed player but has taken on the role of Band Treasurer, most ably.
Naturally this opens up vacancies in the horn section and cornet section of the senior band, on top of the already vacant 2nd trombone position. We would be delighted to welcome anyone who is interested in joining the band, and please do speak to us as there is some flexibility as to which seats could be made available to interested applicants.
Its not all bad news though! In November the band was delighted to welcome Annadel Horner to the bass section. Annadel has recently moved to the area, having formerly played for bands in Hampshire and Yorkshire.