The number one band in L&SC has a vacancy for a solo trombone player. The band has a varied diary of contests and concerts in the local area and further afield. More info can be found here. Rehearsals are Mondays & Wednesdays 8–10pm in Woking, Surrey, within easy reach of the M25 and M3 and only 24 minutes by train from London Waterloo. If you are interested in applying for this position or for more information please contact Secretary Lauren Straker: FGBSecretary@gmail.com o
Friary Guildford Band led Saturday's parade to mark the 50th anniversary of the University of Surrey. Marching up the recently refurbished High Street, the Band headed the procession which included the University's chancellor, HRH The Duke of Kent, Borough Councillors and other dignitaries.
Principal cornet, Richard Straker, a graduate of the University, was delighted to be part of the celebrations: 'It was soon after I started studying at Surrey that I joined Friary, so
Sunday 2nd October saw the Band’s 10-piece ensemble have its first outing for a while, to help mark the opening of the new Compasses Bridge over the Wey & Arun Canal at Alfold and later to celebrate the canal’s bicentenary at Dapdune Wharf, Guildford. Conducted by Friary bass player Nigel Simmons, who has also arranged the majority of the ensemble’s repertoire, the 10-piece played to entertain visitors and dignitaries alike, including Dame Penelope Keith DBE who performed the
Last Saturday saw Friary Guildford - along with 19 other top bands from England, Scotland and Wales - return to London's Royal Albert Hall for the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain for the fourth consecutive year. And for Friary, 2016 proved to be a very happy return for the Band. The day started with the all important draw for the order of play. Drawn 10th appeared good … other than at draw no. 9 were the world’s undisputed top band, Cory, who have swept a
We are delighted to announce that Ian Stewart, a stalwart of our trombone section, has recently been awarded a certificate by scaba (Southern Counties Amateur Bands’ Association) to recognise his 50 years of service to the brass band world. Ian started his brass band career in 1966, at the age of 11. Initially, he had to share a trombone with five others, so was only able to practise one week in every six. As he showed a natural talent, his Grandad bought him a second-hand