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.
On 18th April Gillingham Imperial Silver Band were honoured to welcome Glyn and Helen Williams to North Dorset for a brass band workshop and feature concert. Held at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton, the afternoon's workshops hosted participants from 7 local bands as well as GISB's own senior and training bands. Glyn and Helen, both highly successful brass band conductors and soloists of international acclaim, imparted some of their wealth of knowledge to the participants, whose ages ranged from 9 years old to over 75!
In the evening the audience at The Exchange were treated to some delightful solos from both the Foden's Band stars, including James Curnow's "Rhapsody for Euphonium", "Myfanwy" and "La Belle Americaine" from Glyn on Euphonium, and "Share My Yoke" and the flamboyant "Children of Sanchez" from Helen on Flugel Horn. Helen is no stranger to Gillingham, having visited the bandroom in 1997 as Principal Cornet of the Marple Band, shortly after their famous win at the British Open.
One of the highlights of the evening was a Euphonium duet, "Deep Inside the Sacred Temple", featuring Glyn and GISB's very own Stuart Ingham.
As well as accompanying the soloists most ably, GISB also performed a varied programme including their signature march "The Australasian", Albert Ketelbey's delightful "In a Persian Market", and a current concert favourite, "Conga del Fuego Nuevo".
The evening was rounded off with a finale which saw all the day's workshop participants on stage as a massed band, conducted by Glyn Williams. With a selection of music based around a movies theme, the massed band performed music which most of them had learnt from scratch during the day - including "Circle of Life" from the Lion King, "Concerto de Aranjuez" from Brassed Off, and the wonderfully upbeat "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.
The band owe huge thanks to Glyn and Helen for giving up their time and energies for the workshops and concert. Huge thanks also to our Supporters' Club for providing a delicious buffet to feed all the workshop participants in the afternoon. Many thanks also to the wonderful volunteers at the Exchange, and to our audience for supporting us!
Watch this space for more events like this in the future!
This year's end of May bank holiday will be a busy one for the band, as we welcome once again our old friends Musikzug Viktoria Hille from Germany.
The weekend kicks off on the Friday evening with a welcome party and introducing our guests to their hosts, at the bandroom in South Street. The 2 bands perform together on the Saturday evening at Gillingham High School. The main concert starts at 7pm, with our training band welcoming the audience with music from 6pm.
On Sunday as usual we will take our guests for a day out, this time to Wells and Cheddar Gorge.
On the bank holiday Monday the 2 bands are delighted to have been invited to play at the Sherborne Castle Country Fair, a great chance for visitors to this popular local event to enjoy something more than the usual british brass band fayre! In the evening we head to the Coppleridge Inn at Motcombe for a slap up meal and leaving party.
A packed schedule for the weekend, we look forward to welcoming our guests and audiences over the weekend. Please support us at the Saturday evening concert so that this wonderful musical association can continue in future years!