About the band
We are a fourth section band and pride ourselves in being entirely 'amateur' in terms of our members (though hopefully, not in the way that we approach our music making!)
We currently have 24 regular playing members (plus a junior learner group) and are fortunate to have our own rehearsal room in Frampton Community Centre. We play a wide variety of music from 'traditional' marches and arrangements of the classics through to music from the shows together with popular modern music. (Oh and carols - yes we do play a few of those as well!).
Our annual engagement list is usually quite hectic and includes the traditional village fetes, as well as Sunday afternoon concerts in Cheltenham and Stroud parks. More local to home, we hold concerts in both Frampton Village Hall and Frampton Community Centre and we regularly play at the annual Frampton Country Fair. You may also have heard us at the very popular Saul Boat Gathering organised by the Cotswold Canals Trust - always a great day out for everyone. Additionally, we have been known to appear in disguise as a large part of the 'C M Downton Severnside Brass' at Frocester Beer Festival - have a look at the page dedicated to 'Our President' for details.
We try to organise a band tour of some description every other year; everything from camping in South Devon to going overseas (well, the Isle of Wight!). But better than this (not that we dislike the Isle of Wight), Frampton is twinned with the village of Bourgbarre in Brittany and, as guests in Bourgbarre, we have played in some really great locations, notably the city square of Rennes with the mayor in attendance.
Of course there is the usual round of Christmas engagements - goodwill evenings at local garden centres (warm!) plus carols around the village and for customers at local supermarkets (usually cold!). Amongst our favourite engagements are the carol concert (held in a converted barn in Moreton Valence) in aid of The Children's Society and the annual concert / social evening of the Gloucestershire Wine Circle. We are also fortunate to have a close link with Leonard Stanley church and playing for their 'Carols by Candlelight' is always a pleasure. And finally, if you can stand the pace, come out with us in Frampton on Christmas Eve - guests at two private parties and finishing at The Three Horseshoes (very warm, alcoholic and some 'serious' carol singing here!).
Although not a contesting band by nature, as members of the Gloucestershire Brass Band Association we make every effort to enter the Annual Entertainments Contest, now held in February at the Royal Forest of Dean College - 2nd in our section last year and, in our past we even won on a memorable occasion when the contest was held in Stroud!
We are always pleased to welcome new players of whatever standard so if you like the sound of what we do why not come to one of our rehearsals (Tuesday evenings - 7:15pm in Frampton Community Centre) or contact a member of the commitee.