Sun 26 Sep 2021

Flowers Band

Flowers Band

A brass band from Gloucestershire now in its 53rd year of outstanding musical excellence. We are the No. 1 band in the West of England and currently ranked the 5th best brass band in the UK.

Flowers Band, based in Gloucester, was formed in 1968 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 R.G.H. bandsmen, together with other local players, formed the City of Gloucester Band.

The band has held a variety of names via generous sponsorship including Whitbread in the Community, Polysteel, and most famously Flowers Brewery. In 1998 the Flowers brewery closed, but the band kept the name it had become well respected under. Much success has been gained under the ‘Flowers’ name in the contest field where the band has risen rapidly through the brass band divisions to establish itself in the top 10 of the Brass Band World Rankings table.

Conducted by Paul Holland, his 8-year tenure from 2009 marked the most successful period in the band’s history. Under his baton, Flowers achieved victories at the Grand Shield, French Open, five victories at Butlins Mineworkers Championships, a hat-trick of wins at Yeovil, six Area titles as well as their highest ever results at the National Championships, British Open and Brass in Concert Championships.

In 2019, Paul Holland returned to the helm, leading Flowers to victories at the West of England Championships, Butlins and onwards………..