About Charter Band
Charter Band is Gloucestershire's only community wind band - meaning that we are a non-professional band that draws our players entirely from the local community. We are entirely independent and self-funding. We always welcome new members - click here for more information about joining us.
We have a very loyal membership, with many of our players having been with the band for a decade or more. For example, our current conductor, Simon Stephens, joined as a trumpeter in 1984. By the early 1990s he was regularly travelling up from Bristol, where he was studying, to conduct rehearsals.
Structure and history
We are a symphonic wind band by construction, meaning that we accept players from the orchestral woodwind, brass and percussion sections. We identify ourselves as a concert band specifically, meaning that our repertoire tends towards lighter "crowd-pleasers" such as film themes, medleys from musicals and Big Band standards. We are available for hire - click here to find out more about hiring the band.
We were founded in 1983 and our name is derived from the fact that 1983 was the 500th anniversary of the granting of a Charter to the City of Gloucester by Richard III.
About this website
Ownership This website and the domain name charterband.org.uk are held in trust for the band by one of our players, David Abbott, who owns, maintains and operates the website and associated services. If you have any difficulties, queries or complaints, you can contact the webmaster by clicking here.
Copyright This website is Copyright © Gloucester Charter Concert Band, except where otherwise acknowledged:
- Photographs taken by members of the band and / or members of the public are owned by the original photographers and are used on this website with permission.
- The publishing rights for music sound samples on this website are owned by their respective publishers. Charter Band asserts that our use of these falls under Fair Dealing for the purposes of review.
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Credits Website hosting and markup: David Abbott. Graphic design and logo: Ruth Sargison. Photographs: Ranja Surridge. Richard Surridge. Edward Parrott. Caroline Turner. Background historical data and photographs: Tom and Selena Carnell.