Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the Flowers Band (Gloucester) was formed as a result of the disbandment of the Royal Gloucester Hussars (Territorial Army) Brass Band. After negotiation with the Ministry of Defence, the instruments were purchased and most of the former bandsmen and a few others, formed the City of Gloucester Band. Since then the band has had a variety of sponsors including Whitbread and Flowers Brewery. In 1998 the Flowers brewery closed, but the band kept the name it has become synonymous with.
It has enjoyed much success in the contest field and currently holds the 2018 Butlin’s Mineworkers Championship and Entertainment Trophies, a title it has won on six previous occasions. In March, it also regained the title of 2018 West of England Regional Champion.
In recent years, Flowers has reached new heights with a third place at the British Open Championships in 2014, 4th place at the National Championships of Great Britain in 2015, and a French Open victory in 2016, all of which have led it to be firmly placed in the top 10 of the World Brass Band rankings.
With an enviable reputation for showcasing new music, entertainment and innovation on the concert stage, the band has regularly toured Europe, and also appeared at the prestigious Cheltenham Music Festival. It recently launched its latest CD “Celebrate - 50 years of The Flowers Band”.
Soprano – Paul Richards
Principal cornet – Ben Mortensen
Repiano cornet – Sheila Allen
Flugel – Lauren Chinn
Solo Horn – Emily Evans
Solo Euphonium – Grant Jameson
Solo Baritone – Andrew Hicks
Solo Trombone – Rob Wilshaw
Solo Eb Bass – Carlton Sykes
Solo Bb Bass – Tony Pemberton
Principal Percussionist – Stephen Fraser