ABOUT STROUD AREA WIND ORCHESTRA
Stroud Area Wind Orchestra is a community wind (or concert) band consisting of woodwind, brass and percussion players. We play a range of music from film, television and musicals through to contemporary arrangements for concert band.
We currently have a limited number of instruments which are available for hire to wishes to join the band, but do not own an instrument. We will always attempt to accommodate players, regardless of age or ability.
Our current Musical Director is David Smith. David is a well known local Conductor and Musical Director. He has been playing the trumpet since he was 8 years old and moved to being a professional player at the age of 18. He has spent long periods of time playing in Wind Bands, Orchestras, Jazz Ensembles and a Pop Funk Band. He now enjoys conducting Stroud Area Wind Orchestra, along with Jazz Friday.
When David is not conducting, he spends his time teaching Brass and playing solo cornet for A. W. Parker Dryrbook Band and trumpet/flugel for the Non-Commitments.
HISTORY OF STROUD AREA WIND ORCHESTRA
Stroud Area Wind Orchestra was founded by David Smith and Jenny Mainwaring in March 2016. The band’s first rehearsal was on the 7th June 2016. We held our first concert after 7 weeks of rehearsals on the 26th July 2016.
Since the band started in 2016, our membership has increased to just under 40 playing members. We are still recruiting players and are aiming to have 50 signed playing members by 2021.
In 2018, we will be launching our Outreach Project Stroud Area Music Academy, which will involve an affordable training band for adults and children, along with a first access scheme for learners who are just starting out. Further information on this programme can be obtained from Stroud Area Music Academy website.
The band runs a sponsorship scheme. Sponsorship helps towards maintaining an important music making body in Stroud, Gloucestershire. The advantages to you are that the band plays in a variety of locations throughout the county and can advertise your company while playing. For further details, please visit our sponsorship page.