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Musical Director - Sam Mills

Musical Director Sam Mills began conducting the Gloucester Excelsior Band around 1999. Born in Malmesbury, Wiltshire and describing himself as a 'moonraker', he moved to Bishops Cleeve in 1963. Sam started playing tenor horn at Charlton Kings Junior School at the age of eleven, moving on to the French horn whilst at Pate’s Grammar school. Also, whilst at Pate's, at the tender age of 14, he started conducting. He further extended his musical knowledge by taking and passing the ALCM (Associate of the London College of Music) examinations. In the meantime, Sam became a very accomplished trombone player, but now has little time to play as in addition to Gloucester Excelsior Band, he also conducts the Wind Band and Brass Ensemble at Cheltenham College, where he is Head of Brass. Sam’s other loves are his pets Roo the dog, Chester the cat, Humphrey the tortoise, and his chickens. Gloucester Excelsior Band and our training bands, are very lucky to have Sam who can and does, when needed, play any of the band instruments, often conducting at the same time. In the last ten years or so the repertoire of the band under Sam's leadership has become varied and interesting both for players and audience alike.