A nice surprise arrived recently in the form of a letter inviting GISB to compete at the National Finals in Cheltenham on 18th September. After the recent West of England qualifying contest in Torquay, the top three bands in the 3rd section received the invitation, with the top 2 or 3 from the other seven regions also invited. However, this year's 2nd placed band from Weston Super Mare were unable to accept the invitation due to a band member's wedding, so the invitation is the sent to the 4th placed band.
Needless to say the band are delighted to be accepting this invitation, the last time qualification was achieved was 2006. All bands in the 3rd section will be playing Belgian composer Kevin Houben's fabulous "Lake of the Moon". Watch this space for details of an open rehearsal nearer the time, a great chance to hear this wonderful music.
Attending this prestigious event doesn't come cheap, with travel costs and entry fees totalling nearly £1500, so the band will be working hard to raise these funds over the summer. Join us on 30th April for a "Transatlantic" concert, 7:30pm at the Olive Bowl Gillingham. Our wonderful training band will also be performing. Entry £6 on the door, with a raffle and the bar open!
Our next coffee morning will be on 7th May at the Bandroom, with light music from the band, cakes and tombola.
After a busy summer including a sun drenched Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show and two visits to the lovely Recreation Ground in the picturesque Somerset city of Wells, GISB are now on the home straight with two weeks of intensive rehearsal of "Lake of the Moon", the wonderful set test piece for the National Finals at Cheltenham.
Huge thanks go to Simon Carr who has been our guest conductor recently while Jim has been on holiday. A resident of Gillingham, Simon conducts our friendly rivals Bratton Silver Band from Wiltshire.
A warm welcome to Richard Mullins who joins the band permanently on BBb bass. Richard has helped us for the last 2 years at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show, and has now made the commitment to travel up from Verwood twice a week. A great addition to the bass section. Pete Gatehouse now returns to Eb bass following the departure of Annadel Horner. We wish Annadel the best of luck for the future.
Lawrence Ingham returns to the band full time following his graduation from Loughborough University and subsequent securing of a job in the design department at Gillingham's Dextra Lighting. Well done Lawrence!
We also send our best wishes to 1st baritone Stella Kenyon, who due to ill health has had to step down for the National Finals. Our former principal Euphonium player Stuart Ingham has kindly offered to fill the seat during his summer University break. Many thanks to Stuart and get well soon Stella!
We will be holding an open rehearsal on 11th September, 1pm. For the chance to hear us putting the final touches to "Lake of the Moon", please come to the bandroom in South Street for a listen.