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Another record year for Gloucestershire Music at the National Concert Band Festival


Gloucestershire Music has proudly hosted the event for the fifth year in a row welcoming bands from across Wales and the West of England.

An impressive 15 bands and over musicians 600 performed on Sunday 27th November and of those 15 bands, an impressive ten were home grown here in Gloucestershire. 

The county's groups were awarded three silver, four gold and one platinum award at the event held at All Saints Academy in Cheltenham.

Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people said, "The National Concert Band Festival is a great opportunity for community, adult, youth and school music groups to perform to friends and family, with the extra support of professional musicians who provide feedback on performances. 

"The festival helps bands to focus on developing their skills while producing a high quality performance. 

"These are fantastic results for those involved and our local musicians should be rightly proud.

"It was great to see the Pate's School Big Band, Lakeside Concert Band and the Forest of Dean Area Wind Band under their new director Sam Davis make their very first appearance at the festival, alongside local music centre bands, community music groups and our national award winning county music groups."

Each winning platinum awards both Pate's School Big Band and the Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra will now automatically be invited to the national finals on 8th and 9th April at the University of Warwick.

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