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Gillingham Band

With the exception of 1914 - 1927 there has been a band in Gillingham since the mid 19th century. This began initially as a Jazz Band supporting local charities and hospitals. In 1928 this developed into the town band as we know it today with the title 'Gillingham Imperial Silver Band'. The band has continually played a role in the community, participating in civic events, fetes, carnivals, concerts, church services, carolling and contests. In particular contesting has featured as a major activity and the band has, on four occasions, qualified to play in the national finals.

Many past members have gone on to become music teachers and professional musicians. This includes five ex members of the band playing together in the Devon and Dorset Regimental Military Band . Other successes are Robert Smith who trained at the Royal Academy of Music and went on to major Director of Music appointments; David Pearce who became Principal Cornet of the National Youth Band and achieved Principal Trumpet in the Royal Air Force Band; Graeme Lewis who is a professional trumpeter and conductor in the Bristol and Wessex area; Malcolm Read who went on to train at the Kneller Hall school of Music and then to a career in military bands; and finally Colin Hudson who is now a successful trombonist and instructor in the Royal Marines Band.

Bringing things up to date, young players Adam March (cornet) and Douglas Ward have recently obtained music scholarships. Douglas (percussion and Eb bass) has achieved a placement at Wells Cathedral School