NEWS

WELSH REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - PREVIEW

Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

As the Band prepare for this years Welsh Regional Championships at the Brangwyn Hall, the All4Brass and 4Bars Rest websites have been giving their previews of all the Bands competing ahead of the contest.

This is what each had to say about the the Band

All4Brass

"The West Wales band has been progressing steadily over recent years with gradual promotions from Section 4 to 3, to 2. Progress has gained momentum more recently through the Lynne and Chris Turner partnership.

Two podium finishes at local contests was a positive and their sights will be set on improving on last year's 5th place at the areas. The band has a good mix of experience around the stands and this will be essential in guiding the band towards the top of the mix.


4 Bars Rest

"Deiniolen will certainly lead the charge as the north Walians look to return for the second successive year, whilst compatriots Royal Buckley Town could be the other decent each-way bet as they team up with City of Bradford MD, Lee Skipsey.

The south Wales challenge will be spearheaded Welsh League runner-up Thomas Coaches Mid Rhondda and Abergavenny Borough, whilst further west sees two competitive outfits in the solid brace of Crwbin and Penclawdd. Ammanford and Newtown are bands that can certainly make their mark, whilst Ogmore and our dark horse of M2 shouldn't be discounted.


SEWBBA CONTEST

The Band travelled to Merthyr Tydfil on Saturday the 21st Novemeber to compete at the South East Wales Brass Band Assosication Contest, held in Rhyd y Car Leisure Centre.

The Band gave an excellent performance of Phillip Sparke's Endeavour, under the baton of Christopher Turner. The Band gained an excellent 3rd place against tough opposition in the 2nd Section, to complete a fantastic year for the Band.

More good news was to follow with our Solo Horn Heini Williams winning the Best Instrumentalist Prize, an excellent achievement.

The Full results can be seen below.


Second Section:
Test Piece - Own Choice
Adjudicator: Owen Farr

1. Ebbw Valley (Gareth Ritter) - 192
2. Thomas Coaches Mid Rhondda (Alan Gibbs) - 189
3. Crwbin Silver Band (Chris Turner) - 187
4. City of Bristol (Bryn James) - 186
5. Bream Silver (Phil Turner) - 180
6. Ynyshir (Gary Davies) - 179
7. Penclawdd (Tony Small) - 177
8. Briton Ferry (Jeff Pearce) - 176

Best Instrumentalist: Heini Williams (Horn) - Crwbin Silver Band