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Here's lots of information about the Band - please have a listen to our current repertoire.

Please get in contact if you would like to join the band.



Saturday 25th June 2022

We will be performing at St Barnabas, Gloucester. ​Our programme will appear here shortly.

On Sunday 6th March 2022

At Subscription Rooms, Stroud, we performed -

       Troika - Prokofiev

       Appalachian Air - arr Michael Brown

       The Prayer - Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster arr Victor Lopez



Our Concert Dress is LONG BLACK for everyone!




Three Contrasting Listening Links

Film Music StormTrooper

French Masterpiece 'Heather'

Three flutes play Amaryllis

Lockdown Concert Band Happy


Appalachian Air - arr. Michael Brown

Happy - Pharrell Williams arr Sweeney

James Horner Movie Magic - James Horner arr Michael Brown

Music from Grease - Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs arr. Johnnie Vinson

Statue of Liberty - Thierry Deleruyelle

The Planets - Holst arr Douglas E Wagner - computer version here!

Click on a piece to listen to a recording



'One thousand hours of the wrong sort of practice is (at least) one thousand hours of wasted time'
(Mills, J. (2007) Instrumental Teaching Oxford: Oxford University Press)

  • Start off with a warm up.  Long notes are a good way to develop tone.  Play them with your eyes closed, this way you can really listen to the sound you are making.
  • Choose what you would like to practise and then play the scale of the key that the piece is in.  This will get you tuned in to the tonality of the piece and should help you to remember which sharps or flats you should be playing.
  • Identify what needs work.  If there is a bar or two that you struggle with, isolate them and concentrate just on that bit.  Play it slowly.  Try and work out exactly what the problem is.  If it is fingering, for example between two specific notes, play those two notes slowly then repeat a little faster.  Then add the note after.  Then add the note before.  Carry on like this until you build up the whole bar/phrase.  When you think you've got it, start four bars beforehand and run into it.
  • If you have a passage of quavers or semiquavers, try this technique.  Firstly, play it slowly.  Then play it swung or dotted quaver, semiquaver.  When you can play it like this, turn that rhythm around so that you play semiquaver, dotted quaver - think of a heartbeat.  Be warned, this is really hard and it might take you a while to do this.  Then, when you've got it like that, play it normally.  This technique really works and is a good way to speed up a passage that you can only play slowly.
  • If you are looking at a new piece, I find that starting from the end is a good way to approach it.  Look at the last four bars and play those.  Then go back another four bars and play the last eight bars.  Then go back another four bars etc.  This way, you are always moving into familiar territory!
  • When you have finished practising the bits that you need to, play the piece to consolidate your work.
  • End your practise session by playing something that you know you can play well.

Remember:  If you don't have a great deal of time, don't worry.  10 minutes of effective practice can be all that you need to be more confident in band.


The Prayer - Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster arr Victor Lopez
Troika - Prokofiev



A Ralph Vaughan Williams Portrait - Ralph Vaughan Williams arr Douglas E. Wagner

Aztec Fire - Jay Bocook

Batman Generations - Hefti, Arundel, Zimmer and Newton Howard arr Justin Williams
Black is the Color... - arr Robert Sheldon

Carnival of the Insects - Bruce Fraser

Greensleeves - Traditional arr Alfred Reed

Sleep - Eric Whitacre



Hot Ashpelt - Ian Vlemmiks - variations on this Irish folk song

Colonel Bogey - Kenneth Alford arr Matt Kingston

Prairie Winds Festival - James Barnes

Wallace & Gromit - Julian Nott arr Johnnie Vinson - something like this!

Zenith - Peter Meechan



ABBA on Broadway - ABBA arr Michael Brown

Land of Hope and Glory - Elgar arr P Sparke

Rivers - Samuel R Hazo

Shine! - Barrie Gott


2018 :-

Dances from the Duck Pond - Tchaikovsky arr Duncan Stubbs

Konzertstuck in Eb - Rimsky-Korsakov
Pilatus: Mountain of Dragons - Steven Reineke arr. Matt Conaway (noisy recording)
Radetzky March - Johann Strauss Sr.Theme from the
Emperor Waltz - Strauss arr Johnson


2017 :-

Barnaby behaves badly - Rob Wiffin
Fanfare for the Common Man - Aaron Copland arr Robert Longfield
Guys and Dolls (Highlights) - Loesser arr Custer
Music from Frozen - Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Christophe Beck arr Johnnie Vinson
Pixar Movie Magic - various arr Michael Brown (With video - definitely worth a watch)
Transatlantic Dance - Tom Davoren
Yorkshire Ballad - James Barnes


2016 :-

The Addams Family - Mizzy arr Lavender
King Arthur Suite - Purcell arr A Freed
Processional Overture - Philip Sparke

With Each Sunset - Richard L. Saucedo


2015 :-

Balladair - Frank Erickson
Fiddler on the Roof (selection) - Jerry Bock arr. Bob Lowden
Flyaway Blues - Stuart Johnson
I'm a Believer - Neil Diamond arr Johnnie Vinson

Romeo & Juliet Love Theme - P Tckaikovsky arr Frank Erickson


2014 and previous :-

A Christmas Celebration - Alfred Reed
Alexander’s Ragtime Band - Irving Berlin
Aztec Fire - Jay Bocock
Big Fun in the Sun - arr. David Marshall
Blues Brothers Revue - The Blues Brothers arr. Jay Bocock
Carmina Burana - Carl Orff arr. Jay Bocock
Celtic Ritual - Higgins
Dakota - Jacob de Haan
Dam Busters - Eric Coates arr. Douglas E. Wagner
Disco Lives! - The Bee Gees arr. Johnnie Vinson
Duke Ellington Mix
Impertinence and Allegro - Handel / Haydn / Shahir
It ain’t Necessarily So - George Gershwin arr. Jerome Naulais
Jazz Chaconne - Edmondson
Joseph & the Technicolour Dreamcoat - Lloyd Webber arr. Cacavas
Lion King - arr. John Higgins
March of the King’s Trumpeters - Jean-Baptiste Lully arr. James D. Ployhar
The Muppet Show Theme - Henson arr. Paul Murtha
Norwegian Rondo - Philip Sparke
Pictures at an Exhibition - Mussorgsky arr. Michael Sweeney
Suite for Military Band - Holst







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