The Gloucestershire Brass Band Association (GBBA) has a wide range of member bands, from Championship to non-contesting level. Spread throughout the regions of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire, and Worcestershire, our bands perform at contests and concerts all year round for the enjoyment of their audiences and themselves.
As well as promoting local brass banding and representing member bands at a national level the GBBA endeavours to arrange an annual own choice contest, for both member and non-member bands. An Own Choice March and Test Piece Contest is held towards the close of the year, normally mid-November, at an excellent venue in Cheltenham. The most recent contest attracted bands from quite a distance and was a great success. In the recent past the GBBA has organised an Entertainments Contest. Sadly the contest has not been held for the past two years due to a decrease in numbers of bands attending. It is constantly under review and we would love for it to take place in the future.
The GBBA also holds a number of events in partnership with Gloucestershire Music (GM). We are aware of the need to support and encourage the talented youth of our area to develop the future of brass banding. These events are only successful if all bands and music groups support them. In January 2019, GBBA and GM reinvigorated the Gloucestershire Youth Brass Band (GYBB) for young brass players in our area. With top quality directors and tutors, including Ian Porthouse and returning GYBB members Emily Wilson (cornets and horns), Ben Stratford (lower brass), Andy McDade (tubas), and Max Ireland (percussion), it was a musical weekend culminating in a recording for Music For Youth (MFY). Past GYBB members also took part in a few reunion massed items as part of the programme. The event is a prime example of what the GBBA can do for your band and the youngsters connected to your band and other organisations.
Please contact GBBA's committee for information, queries, or contest entries.
If you would like GBBA to publicise any of your band's events, please contact GBBA's webmaster.
We ask that you send a write-up about the event, including appropriate links, and/or a poster in pdf and JPEG format.
We look forward to hearing from you!