New Faces in the bandroom!

Under the ever watchful eye of  Jack Smith the band continues to grow and develop and ex players have come back to join us and people moving to the area have ‘come along for a blow’ and have stayed.

Over the past few months the band has continued to expand and there are often very few empty seats at rehearsals now and for one of the concerts just before Christmas we even had to limit the number of players we had playing with the band. With many of the Gateway players having stayed for main band rehearsals, the back row often has 10 cornet players and so with some shuffling a full row of 4 on the front is now a weekly feature! We’ve even had 5 basses on one occasion but the regular line up for 4 is much more the norm… however getting all four of them there at once can sometimes prove a challenge.

This time last year we had written to Father Christmas to ask him for a new conductor and what a difference a year has made.


The band are always keen to welcome new members who wish to double up on positions and due to the talents within the band we have several players who would move position should the right person come along.

Only rehearsing once a week means it is not a major commitment and with a sensible events programme, players manage to slot playing in the band into their hectic lives. From school students to decorators and HGV drivers to Health Care professionals, the band  is made up of a range of players of different ages and abilities but who all work together to promote live music at local events. Like with many local lower section bands, some of our players also play with other bands and this helps develop the friendships between local bands and also means bands help each other out when they are short of players for concerts. Some of our players even went to France with a local band to help out a year or so ago! We are always keen to welcome new players and ex members alike and again and anyone thinking of joining us – please contact our secretary via the contact us page.