On 18th September the band took part in the National Brass Band Championship finals at Cheltenham racecourse. Qualification was unexpected - the band narrowly missed out following a commendable 4th place at the West of England qualifier in March, but when one of the 3 qualifying bands declined their invitation due to a band wedding, GISB received the invitation to represent the region at Cheltenham.
After an early morning start to arrive in time for the draw, the band drew to play 19th, last band on. Plenty of time to kill and for the band to relax and mentally prepare.
"Lake of the Moon" has proved to be an enjoyable test piece and this, combined with the large audience present at the end of the day, made for a thoroughly enjoyable playing experience.
Out of 19 competing bands, GISB were placed 11th, the highest placed West of England band. In their remarks adjudicators David Childs and Richard Marshall had many great things to say about the performance - "Full of colour and Drama", "So exciting", "Excellent soloists", "Great dynamic detail", "A triumphant close" and "A fine performance". For the full adjuications please see our facebook page.
Our first National Finals qualification for 10 years has been a positive and rewarding experience for the band - here's hoping for a shorter wait until the next time!
Huge thanks must go to all those who organised and supported our fundraising efforts for this contest. We surpassed the £1500 target!
This autumn the band are working on recording a CD of Christmas music. As well as popular Christmas carols, the CD will include a selection of Christmas medleys, marches and solos. The CD will be on sale in time for our Christmas concerts.
The first of these is on Sunday 27th November at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton, at 7pm.
The second is our annual Supporters' Club concert at Gillingham School, on Sunday the 11th of December at 3pm. Look out for tickets for the Christmas draw, which will be available soon.
The concerts will feature all the music from the CD, and more.
Other Christmas events include a Bingo afternoon at the bandroom on Sunday 20th November, and a Coffee Morning, also at the bandroom, on Saturday 3rd December. At the coffee morning we are also inviting anyone interested in learning a brass instrument or percussion to come and have a go, we look forward to seeing you all there!