About Us

History of the band

The Stroud Area Wind Orchestra was founded in 2016 by Jenny Mainwaring and David Smith and held its first rehearsal in June 2016 and held their first concert after 7 weeks of rehearsals on the 26th July 2016.

The band has since grown in size and currently has an average of 40 playing members ranging in ages from 13 to over 75!  Our members come from all walks of life and we welcome new players all year round.

The band is continuing to grow and develop and we are currently developing an outreach programme to be launched in September 2018.

Our existing Musical Director is David Smith.


Musical Director – 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 trumpet 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 trumpet and cornet for a number of ensembles including: Stroud Symphony Orchestra and Bream Silver Band.



The band runs a sponsorship scheme to help towards maintaining an important music making organisation in Stroud, Gloucestershire.  The advantages to you are that the band performs in a variety of locations throughout the county and can advertise your company whilst playing.

For further details, please visit our sponsorship page.