Torquay Contest

As the big contesting event draws closer you may have heard some noises coming from the band room over the last couple of weekends as the band has been putting in the extra effort to put the polish into Holst's first suite in Eb.

We'll be heading off bright and early on the Saturday morning to Torquay to compete in the Contest where we aim to come back with some silverware! If any of our supporters want to come along, we have still some places available on the coach. We will be leaving at 8:30am from the Band Room, and estimate leaving Torquay around 5:00pm. If you are interested in joining us and lending your support you are very welcome, let us know your interest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wish us Luck.

100 Club Winners

We are pleased to draw the 100 club winners for January and February yesterday at our concert. 


4 - Greg Vann

31 - Richard Mullins



11- Roger Cox

55 - Mrs Pearl James


Winning the Deportment Cup.

We won the Deportment Cup at a Wet Shaftesbury Carnival. Well Done to all.

Hille Visit

Now that we are well in to the new year, we are starting to look towards our visit from Hille Band in the summer. We will be holding joint concerts at Gillingham School on the 22nd June, and at the White Horse on the 23rd June.

We are still looking for Hosts for our German friends, if anyone is interested in hosting contact Tom at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gillingham Imperial Silver Band Academy

Absolute Beginner Brass Academy:

If you have never played a Brass instrument before and would like to begin, then this is where it all starts.  Absolute Beginners meet at the Band rehearsal room on Monday evenings during school term from 5.45 - 6.30pm.  We will carefully select with you an instrument which suits and which you are happy to play.  Then we start to explore making a sound, learning a few notes, playing a few simple but fun tunes to begin with and learning to read music if of course you do not read it already. I started playing brass when I was 10 years of age, but if you are 7 years of age or thereabouts, you will be ready to learn brass.  We do currently have adults in the Absolute Beginner Brass Group so the door is wide open for all.

Beginner Brass Academy:

The next stage after Absolute Beginner Brass is the Beginner Brass Group, which also meets on Monday evenings during school term time from 6.30 - 7.30pm.  You will be either progressing from Absolute Beginners or joining us as a musician who is already playing brass to a Grade 1 or Grade 2 practical standard.  If you are in the latter bracket and not sure of your standard then do drop in to Beginner Brass on a Monday and we can assess your playing levels. Working together as a team, Beginner Brass seeks to develop you’re playing skills and theory of music knowledge by playing fun, but challenging, popular tunes and exercises.  There will also be opportunities to play in a Senior Band Concert at Christmas and as a standalone Group at Band Open Days.  The target from Beginner Brass is to aspire to the Training Band

Where you will meet and continue your brass and theory development with the Senior Band Director of Music. This is on a Friday evening from 6.30PM – 7.30 before the Main band come in a 7.30pm and you are welcome to stay and listen to the Main band. 10pt;">Jim Bennett who, like me, believes in making music a fun and happy pursuit.

Musical Director - Jim Bennett‏

If you are interested in joining one of our Brass Teams, then please drop me a line or give me a call, it would be good to see you.

Marcus Adams

Brass Tutor

07977 262805

01258 863717

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The Cost of Learning a Brass Instrument is £15 a term

The cost  includes the provision of a brass instrument of your choice (subject to availability)

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