Meet the players
We are a friendly group of amateur musicians who enjoy getting together to play a wide variety of music.
Carol was born in Southampton and as a child learnt the oboe and piano and played in many musical groups. She was also keen on brass bands, as she enjoyed hearing her father play with the Southampton Albion Band.
While bringing up her three daughters she found little time for music, other than occasionally accompanying her girls during their practising. Ten years ago (after her daughters learnt to drive themselves around!) she had more spare time, so took up playing the tenor horn.
Since then she has played for Cheltenham Silver Band, City of Bristol Brass Band, and is now with A. W. Parker (Drybook) Band. A few years ago she also took up conducting, and after having had lessons with some of the top brass band conductors in the country (including Nick Childs and Philip Harper) she took on the musical director role at Frampton in 2015.
Louise was born in Stroud and began playing in Chalford training band at the age of 7. By the age of 15 she was their principal cornet and then went to university at the age of 18 to study English and Music. In 1986 she moved to Southampton to do her PGCE and began her teaching career at New Milton Junior School, Hampshire.
She joined Bournemouth Concert Brass, married in 1990, had two wonderful children and remained down south until 2013. She was music co-ordinator and entered private pupils for their ABRSM exams.
She is now living in Gloucester and plays with three local bands, Nailsworth, Frampton and Gloucester Charter Band. Louise is really looking forward to training young musicians again.
Graham is originally from London.
His main instrument is saxophone and is a relative newcomer, 4 years or so, to the Baritone and brass bands.
Sarah grew up in Frampton on Severn and started playing with the band while still at primary school!
After a few years on cornet she moved to euphonium and has loved the instrument ever since.
Sarah became Chair in 2017.
Hi there, my name is Sally Joyce and I am around 57yrs old!
I have been playing in bands since I was 11. For the first 20 years it was on trombone in several big bands in my home area of Essex. I moved to Gloucester in 1989 and began playing again in 1991. There were already too many trombones in the area so I was given a BBb bass!! I had to learn valves and treble clef! I played BBb bass for the next 15 yrs in Lydbrook, Gloucester Excelsior, Frampton and the Gloucestershire Constabulary bands.
Around 2011 I changed to learning the cornet in Gloucester Excelsior band and progressed from 3rd to solo cornet. As the needs of the band changed, I swapped onto 1st Baritone. I now play solo cornet for Nailsworth band, 1st trombone for Frampon, 1st trombone for CAJE (Colwell Arts Jazz Ensemble), 1st trombone for Gloucester Excelsior or anything for any of the bands as their needs are!!
It certainly makes for a very interesting time in all the bands as I’m never quite sure exactly what instrument I’m playing – often up until the very last moment – I love it!!