GISB goodbyes and hellos for 2015

GISB are sad to see some of their players leaving for pastures new, and delighted to be welcoming some new faces to the band in 2015.

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). The band 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. 

The band also says goodbye to 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 ably filled the role of Band Treasurer.

Joining the band for 2015 are Annadel Horner and Michelle Hudson. Annadel has recently moved to the area, having previously played for Alder Valley Brass in Hampshire and Chapeltown Band in Yorkshire. Annadel joins on Eb bass, with band stalwart Pete Gatehouse moving to BBb bass to strengthen the lower end of the band. 

Michelle Hudson joins the band on Flugel Horn. Michelle's mother Jackie Adams is the band's Solo Horn player and leads the training band, and her daughter Jess plays 2nd cornet. Band Manager Tom Malleson said "We are delighted to welcome Michelle back to GISB, making it 3 generations of one family in the band. Thanks must go to Marcus Adams, who has so ably filled the vacant Flugel Horn seat over the past 15 months, and will now be returning to strengthen the cornet section". 

2015 concert dates

2015 is already looking busy for GISB, with a range of engagements already in our diary:

  • 8th February - "Beat the winter blues" - a concert of light music to lift the winter malaise. The Olive Bowl, Gillingham. FREE ENTRY!!!
  • 27th and 28th February - Contest rehearsal with Paul Cosh - former Head of Brass at Guildhall School of Music and highly respected brass band conductor and adjudicator.
  • 15th March - West of England Regional Championships, Riviera Centre, Torquay
  • 18th April - Brass workshops and feature concert with Glyn and Helen Williams of the World famous Foden's Band.
  • 22nd-25th May - Our old friends from Musikzug Viktoria Hille are visiting for the weekend. Joint concert in Gillingham on Saturday 23rd.
  • 6th June - Parade with the Rifles Regiment in Gillingham, 11:30am
  • 6th June - Gillingham RBL Beer Festival, 7pm
  • 14th June - RAPC Garden Party, Worthy Down, Winchester, 2pm
  • 19th June - Hidden Pizza, Gillingham Town Meadow, 7:30pm
  • 28th June - Music in the Park, Wells, Somerset, 3pm
  • 17th July - Hidden Pizza, Gillingham Town Meadow, 7:30pm
  • 18th July - Town Meadow fete, Gillingham, 2pm
  • 19th August - Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show

Many more to follow, including a return to Mere Carnival on 12th September!

GISB "Beat the winter blues"

A small but highly appreciative audience joined the band on Sunday 8th February to "Beat the winter blues" with a programme of light music to suit all tastes. While others enjoyed the bright sunny winter afternoon, our audience were treated to Gershwin, Shostakovich and Brahms, interspersed with David Hellewell's wonderful "Jazzcat" Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Clive Lewis's original theme tune from "Thomas the Tank Engine", to name a few. 

The band also welcomed Michelle Hudson back into the spotlight after a 17 year absence in Cornwall, showcasing her mellow Flugel Horn sound with "Golden Memories" by Karen Burton, and in a duet arrangement of Gershwin's "Summertime" with Principal Cornet Liam Carey. 

To round off the afternoon the audience were treated to Arturo Marquez's "Conga del Fuego Nuevo", certain to get those hips swinging!

Despite offering free entry, we raised a very respectable £250 in the retiring collection. Many thanks to all who attended!

Our next concert is on 18th April in Sturminster Newton, and will feature International Euphonium soloist Glyn Williams and Flugel Horn soloist Helen Williams, of Cheshire's prize winning Foden's Band. Not to be missed! Tickets £10 and £7 from www.stur-exchange.co.uk or 01258 475137.

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