Want to Play?


Do you want to learn a to play a Brass insrument, or looking to join a new band? We welcome all who wish to learn and have a dedicated academy band to teach you how to play as well as supplying well maintained instruments.


Gillingham Imperial Silver Band Academy


Absolute Beginner Brass:

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:

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 your 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 stand alone 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, Jim Bennett who, like me, believes in making music a fun and happy pursuit.

 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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Training Band

Players who have advanced can make it into the Training Band where you can advance your musical skill and knowledge with our Senior Band Musical director Jim Bennet who, like Marcus, believes in making music a fun and happy pursuit. This is where you will start to play more advanced pieces improving your individual and group performances. The training band runs from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Friday nights, as the senior band reharsals begin directly after this we welcome any training band player who wishes to stay and listen or even join in when they are ready.

It is our hope that this graudual advancement through the sections of the Academy will provide a interesting and fulfuilling path through the art of learning a brass or percussion instrument and hope to see those who start with us in the acadamey rise all the way through to the senior band as many have done before the.



Gillingham Imperial Silver Band Main Band


We have vacancies for:

Ebb /Bbb Bass / Euphonium

Bass Trombone

Tuned and Untuned Perscusion

Cornet Players position negotiable


to Join us we Rehearse on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at our own Band Room in Gillingham Dorset.


We have good quality, well maintained instruments available for new members to use. 

Any other players are always welcome. Please contact Tom on 07890 661259 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to know more about our vacancies, or if you would  like to  just come along for a blow.