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.
Tenor Horn (position negotiable)
In addition to these vacancies, our doors are always welcome to players of any instrument.
With some of our players moving away from the area early this year, and more set to leave for University this summer, the band is now crying out for an influx of new blood.
We welcome all ages, abilities and levels of commitment. The band has great facilities, good quality instruments to loan, an energetic and imaginative conductor, and a friendly family atmosphere.
As you can see from browsing our website, our programme includes local events, themed concerts, 2-3 contests per year, and the chance to work with some of the country's top brass musicians, such as Simon Dobson, Paul Cosh, Glyn Williams and Helen Williams.
The band are currently drawing breath before the onslaught of a busy Christmas schedule! Before this we have the small matter of the Wessex Brass Band Association winter contest in Bournemouth, on 28th November. This year we have chosen to play one of the classics of the brass band repertoire, Granville Bantock's "Prometheus Unbound". This piece is quite unusual in that the ending is pianissimo. Although not a technically demanding piece, the scoring requires that the band find musicality in the simplest of phrases. The piece has divided opinion in the bandroom but we hope to give an enjoyable performance!!!
Find us in the following locations over the festive season:
- 26th November - Light up a Life service (Weldmar Hospice) - 6:30pm, Orchard Park
- 4th December - Gillingham Festive lighting parade, in town, 6:30pm
- 5th December - Coffee and Carols at the bandroom, 10am
- 12th December - Asda Gillingham, 10:30am
- 13th December - Waitrose Gillingham, 10:30am
- 13th December - Annual Christmas Concert, Gillingham School, 3pm
- 18th December - Stalbridge Church, 7:30pm
- 19th December - Asda Gillingham, 10:30am
In addition to a number of private functions, we will also be playing carols around the houses in Gillingham on selected evenings.
We look forward to providing music to make your season jolly and festive this year!!!