At Pontyberem Memorial Hall on Sunday December 3rd the band held a very successful Christmas Concert. Also performing were the pupils of Ysgol Pontyberem, guest soloist Alaw Evans, Pontyberem and Ysgol Bro Myrddin Wind Band conducted by Mrs Jacquie Scaife. The compere for the evening was local community councillor Mr Alban Rees.
The band wishes to thank both schools and Alaw for their excellent performances and for their cooperation and support. The evening was very well received with an appreciative audience. The band appreciates the excellent support it receives from the community.
At the South East Wales Brass Band Association contest held on Saturday November 25th at Merthyr Tydfil the band achieved an extremely satisfying result gaining a creditable 3rd place.
The extremely hard work and commitment of both players and Musical Director Craig Roberts was justly rewarded with an excellent performance. Congratulations go to the winning band Newport Borough who are now promoted to the First Section.
Adjudicator: Tom Davoren
Test Piece: Purcell Variations (Kenneth Downie)
1. Newport Borough (Robin Hackett)
2. Abertillery Town (Joshua Ruck)
3. Crwbin (Craig Roberts)
4. Bream Silver (Phil Turner)
5. Mid Rhondda (Thomas Coaches) (Alan Gibbs)
6. Penclawdd Brass (Tony Small)
7. RAF St Athan Voluntary (Alan Bourne)
8. Crosskeys (Mike Davies)
9. Melingriffith 2 (Andy Wareham)
Best Instrumentalist: Claire Bourne, Cornet (RAF St Athan)
Most Accomplished Trombone Section: (Penclawdd Brass)
Mid Rhondda Band and Newport Borough were joint Second Section Champion Bands with identical points – they will share the T.J. Powell Trophy over the coming year. Both bands gain deserved promotion to the First Section next year.
We were adjudged the Runner Up winning the Steve and Jeff Trotman Memorial Cup. This year has been a highly rewarding year for the band on the contesting front. Onwards and upwards!