Welcome to Stroud Area Wind Orchestra’s website. We are a community wind (or concert band) based in Stroud, Gloucestershire. The orchestra was founded in 2016 by current Musical Director David Smith and Chairman Jenny Mainwaring and has grown in size since it was started.
We welcome all woodwind, brass and percussion players of all ages and abilities. If you are interested in playing with the band, booking us for an event or have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
From September 2018, we will be launching our beginner band which is aimed at new learners of all ages, whether it be a first, second or third instrument.
24th December 2018
We have had a good term back and an excellent concert at Chantry Centre & Lister Hall in Dursely, where we performed to a full audience. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the concert and it was the final concert for Musical Director David Smith, who will be taking a break from conducting the band next year. Everyone would like to thank David for his hard work over the past 2 and a half years and we wish him the best in his future endeavours and hopefully one day we’ll see him return to the band. The band is looking forward to new adventures under the direction of Phil Storer in 2019.
We recently had our band social, where chairman Jenny was pleased to present our very first lifetime award to our principal alto saxophone Gail Sherwood. Gail has not missed a rehearsal since the band started in 2016, she has performed at all of our concerts and attended all socials. Gail has also gone above and beyond for the band by unofficially taking on the librarian role to help out, which then became official in 2017. She has also purchased quite a bit of new music for the band which we are grateful for. Gail truly represents the spirit of SAWO.
To view older news, please visit the News page.
Our next public performance…
Saturday 13th April 2019
Venue: St George’s Church, Church Street, Nailsworth, GL6 0BP
Start time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £8.00 (£5.00 concessions, £2.00 children)
We are always looking for new players to join the band, please get in touch if you are interested in joining.
We would especially like to recruit Clarinet, Bassoon, Tuba, Euphonium, Trumpet, Horn (F or E Flat) and Percussion players. Instruments can be provided if required.
Details of our rehearsals can be found on our Rehearsals page.
Further information can be obtained from our Musical Director David Smith, Chairman Jenny Mainwaring or Secretary Naomi Blackie. Please click here to contact us.