2005 - Now

Clive Miles
Solo Horn

Clive joined the Band in 2005 from the Gloucestershire Police Band, however due to his enjoyment of playing he can often be found helping them out and playing with other brass ensembles that require assistance.

Clive has been playing brass since the age of 8 when his Father asked him if he would like to join the village band. Since then Clive has played with Bream Silver Prize (as a learner, then Solo Cornet), City of Gloucester (Cornet line to Soprano), Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Brass and Military Bands (Solo Cornet to French Horn) and the Gloucestershire Police Band (Cornet to Solo Horn) where he plays alongside one of his daughters Jenny who plays Flugel and her husband who plays Soprano Cornet. Clive also has two other children Philip and Beverley.

When asked what his banding ambitions for 2005 and the future were, Clive said that there were no specific ambitions, just to enjoy his music and strive to produce a good performance on every occasion including rehearsals.

Clive's Memorable Banding Moments!

"My first memorable occasion must be with the City of Gloucester, who were a Championship section band, as at the age of fourteen we did a series of concerts in the Cheltenham Town Hall with the famous Fodens Motor Works Band and Morris Motors Works Band under the baton of 'Mr Brass' himself Harry Mortimer.

The City of Gloucester had at that time a senior and junior band, but eventually the two bands amalgamated to form a concert band of some sixty musicians when we did a European tour of Holland, Belgium and France.

On leaving the city band I joined the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars who in 1961 was a brass band. From 1962 - 1966 we successfully gained promotion from the fourth section to the first, winning three area contests and were runners up in the third section National Championships at the Kensington Town Hall, London.

On one unique occasion at the Daily Herald Championships in Bournemouth as a fourth section band, we entered the fourth, third and second sections, winning the fourth section playing "Rufford Abbey", placed second in the third section on "Galantia" and second in in the second section on "New World Symphony". The newspaper report in the Gloucester Citizen the following week carried the headline, "Hussars Ride in for Hat-Trick".

Unfortunately we never competed in the first section of the Area Championships as in 1967 the band was disbanded to be amalgamated with the 5th Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment to form a new military band but still to carry the title of the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars.

As a foot-note to the end of the brass band, the majority of the players went on to form the new City of Gloucester Band and consequently competed in the first section at the Colston Hall playing "Diadem of Gold". I played soprano that day! Over the years the band changed its name many times but is known today as The Flowers Band.

Two events worthy of note during the brass band days was the presentation of The Guidon to the Regiment at Badminton House in 1962 followed by a Grand Ball complete with orchestra! and the Freedom of the City of Gloucester bestowed on the Regiment the following year with mounted detachment in full hussar uniform, swords drawn, Guidon flying and band playing as the regiment marched through the City.

Where do I start now we are a military band? I suppose the most significant for me me was moving from Bb Cornet to Bb/F French Horn. A move only recommended to the most dedicated of musicians.

Annual camp without doubt was a highlight of the year when the band would attend a fortnights musical training either in the UK or abroad. I did thirty-seven of those! Knellar Hall inspections was another highlight and I did ten of those where you were tested on all aspects of music and marching.

Being involved with Knellar Hall brought you into contact with many Directors of Music including Peter Parkes, Frank Renton and Trevor Sharpe to name but a few. It was also an experience and a privilege to play in concert with The Life Guards, Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, H.M. Royal Marines and many more too numerous to mention.

Trips abroad included visits to France, Belgium, Germany, Malta, The Faulklands and Uruguay. During one of our trips to Germany we were hosted by The Hussars and Light Dragoon Band and took part in the centenary of the International Red Cross where we gave a massed concert to an audience of five thousand in Munster Hall. The bands taking part including a German Army Band, a Lufftwaffe Band, Hussars and Light Dragoon and ourselves, The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. The horn section alone totalled twelve in number.

Television and radio broadcasts including recordings were also 'memorable occasions'.

Of the Tattoo's which were part and parcel of army band engagements, two stand out in my mind. The first took place at Earls Court in London attended by The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, and the Colchester Tattoo which included six bands from the regular army and six bands from the Territorial Army en masse.

The theme of the tattoo depicted the attack of the Spanish Armada on the English Fleet with cannon firing and fireworks exploding in a blaze of colour. The Director of Music was Lt. Col. Tomlinson who arranged all the music for the spectacular.

To end 'Memorable Banding Occasions' one that springs to mind is not playing with the full military band but for a wind quintet. The line up included Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, French Horn and bassoon. We were engaged to play at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, to provide a programme of music for a luncheon attended by The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. The programme lasted one and a half hours an The Queen was sat no more than thirty feet away!."

Winner of:
Fred Poole Memorial Trophy for the Musician of the Year 2005

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