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Surprise invitation to National Finals!

A nice surprise arrived recently in the form of a letter inviting GISB to compete at the National Finals in Cheltenham on 18th September. After the recent West of England qualifying contest in Torquay, the top three bands in the 3rd section received the invitation, with the top 2 or 3 from the other seven regions also invited. However, this year's 2nd placed band from Weston Super Mare were unable to accept the invitation due to a band member's wedding, so the invitation is the sent to the 4th placed band.

Needless to say the band are delighted to be accepting this invitation, the last time qualification was achieved was 2006. All bands in the 3rd section will be playing Belgian composer Kevin Houben's fabulous "Lake of the Moon". Watch this space for details of an open rehearsal nearer the time, a great chance to hear this wonderful music.

Attending this prestigious event doesn't come cheap, with travel costs and entry fees totalling nearly £1500, so the band will  be working hard to raise these funds over the summer. Join us on 30th April for a "Transatlantic" concert, 7:30pm at the Olive Bowl Gillingham. Our wonderful training band will also be performing. Entry £6 on the door, with a raffle and the bar open!

Our next coffee morning will be on 7th May at the Bandroom, with light music from the band, cakes and tombola.

We would also love to hear from any local businesses willing to make a contribution to our National Finals fundraising. In return we can promote your business on this website, and at local events such as the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help!

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