A W Parker (Drybrook)
Formed in the 1870’s as a Drum & Fife Band there are records of the Drybrook & District Silver Band winning prizes at a competition in Lydney in 1895 and the village has had a band ever since. The band has always competed at contests with varying degrees of success with records showing the band attending the top section of the National Championship of Great Britain in 1963 playing Belmont Variations.
The band then had to wait until 1982 for their next visit to the finals playing Vizcaya in 1982 at Kensington Town Hall. A steady decline then followed with the retirement of many older players until in 2001 there weren’t enough players left to attend the West of England Area Contest – the first time the band had missed the contest since World War 2.
The band re-grouped and in 2002 managed to persuade enough players to join so that Drybrook once again had a 4th Section contesting band. Visits to the National Finals have now become more regular with qualification in the 4th Section 2004 & 2005, 2012 in the 3rd Section, 2015 in the 2nd Section and 2023 in the 1st Section. The contest journey will continue in 2024 with the band playing in the Championship Section for the first time since 1963 – a remarkable journey that will have taken 22 years to complete from not being able to attend the Area Contest due to lack of players to Championship Section.
The band have performed as the AW Parker (Drybrook) Band since 2004 after gaining sponsorship from AW Parker Diploma Coal Merchants based in the village – one of the longest sponsorship partnerships in the West of England.
Soprano – Emily Wilson
Principal Cornet – Trystan Jones
Flugel – Wayne Williams
Solo Horn – Andrew Jones
Solo Baritone – Robin Hamer
Solo Euphonium – David Johnson
Solo Trombone – Nigel Howard
Solo Eb Bass – Bob Williams
Solo BBb Bass – Richard Colthart