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Invitation to join Band Rehearsal

posted 3 Oct 2017, 11:56 by James Murray

Ahead of this Saturday’s West Wales Brass Band Association Festival Contest, Ammanford Town Band will be opening their doors to the community by holding a free open rehearsal in Capel Hendre  Chapel on Friday night at 7:30 (6th October).


The contest on Saturday, the second of three contests in the Welsh League Series, will pit the band against five other bands from across the South Wales area in the first section competition.


The band will be performing “Purcell Variations” by Kenneth Downie, a piece that challenges the band with beautiful lyrical solos as well as difficult technical challenges. Those in attendance on Friday night will be able to hear the band putting the polishing touches to a wonderful piece of music that is sure to get the pulses of both audience and band members racing.


It has already been a good start to the year for the band. The first of the trio of contests saw the band gain an impressive second place back in May and following this success, MD Glyn Davies is keen to build on the early momentum gained by the band.


“After the early success of 2017, I wanted to challenge the band and push them out of their comfort zone and so far, they’ve met the challenge well. It’s a fantastic piece of music and it’s one I hope the audience will enjoy.”


The rehearsal will begin at 7:30pm and the band look forward to welcoming everyone to Capel Hendre on Friday evening.


“We’re a local band and we pride ourselves on being involved in the local community. We enjoy any opportunity to open our doors to the people of the Amman Valley and the surrounding areas.”

 

The postcode for the chapel is SA18 3LF. See you all on Friday!

Elisabeth makes history

posted 6 Oct 2016, 02:40 by James Murray   [ updated 6 Oct 2016, 02:41 ]

Ammanford Town Silver Band is pleased to announce that Elisabeth Rogers has been promoted to Principal Cornet. This follows the reluctant acceptance of Teifion Davies’ resignation as he moves to Llwydcoed Band.

At the tender age of just 14, Elisabeth makes history as the youngest ever Principal Cornet the band has ever had. She has already performed in numerous competitions, taken on solos on both the Flugal and Cornet and even prestigious duties such as playing the last post at last years Remembrance Parade in Ammanford (pictured).

With her growing reputation, together with a fearless and can do attitude, the band are looking into the future with optimism and excitement. As a graduate of Ammanford’s Junior Band, Elisabeth is one of 9 players who are all under 15. This further demonstrates the bands commitment to promote and encourage the brass band tradition in the Amman Valley. All at the band wish both Elisabeth and Teifion the very best of luck in their new roles.

Recognition for Band Stalwart

posted 3 Oct 2016, 06:10 by James Murray   [ updated 3 Oct 2016, 06:17 ]

After a very successful trip to Fishgaurd, last weekend which saw the band finish 2nd behind Ebbw Valley in the First Section of the West Wales Area Contest, one of Ammanford players was recognised for his hard work and determination to the brass band movement. 

Bryn Payne was made a life member of the West Wales Brass Band Association during the results and presented his certificate by Secretary Tony Evans. Bryn who players First Baritone for the band has played for previous bands including Tata Steel and his commitment has finally been recognised for the years and years worth of service he has given to the movement. 

Chairman Jamie Reynolds spoke of Bryn’s award following the results at Fishgaurd. “I am very pleased for Bryn that he has been recognised, he is a great supporter of the band and is rarely missing from our public engagements” Thanks too must go to his wife and Band Librarian Angie!

Ammanford Youngsters Gain National Recognition

posted 28 Nov 2015, 13:49 by James Murray

Three of Ammanford Town’s Silver Band have been awarded places on The National Youth Brass Band of Wales. The band, sponsored by G D Harris, has in recent years gained a reputation for excellent tutoring and training in not only brass instruments but also percussion – all under the direction of Musical Director Glyn Rhys Davies. 

Members of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales are drawn from all parts of Wales, and auditioned or re-auditioned annually. A large number of former members are now well known as soloists, conductors, or as performers with top British bands or orchestras. Elisabeth Rogers, Cornet, and Millie Savage, Baritone, have been awarded places on this excellent training scheme for young brass musicians and Rhydian Tiddy has been accepted in reserve in the Trombone section.

“This is not only testament to the ability of these young people but also to the training offered by our Junior Band” said Band chairman Jamie Reynolds, “It is refreshing to see youngsters enjoying a hobby and doing so well too”.

Left to right - Rhydian Tiddy (Trombone), Millie Savage (Baritone) and Elisabeth Rogers (Cornet)

Following on the theme of band youngsters doing so well, the senior band are delighted to welcome two new younger’s to the ranks. Dafydd Owen joins on Tuba and Tyler Webber joins on Cornet – welcome both!


Left to right – Dafydd Owen (Tuba) and Tyler Webber (Cornet)

Award for Dylan

posted 13 Sep 2015, 09:06 by James Murray   [ updated 13 Sep 2015, 09:06 ]

Its not often in the world of 'brass banding' that you are called up to the senior band and a few weeks later find yourself on stage in a competition, but that is exactly what happened for our young player, Dylan Savage. Dylan has followed in his sister Millie's footsteps, learning the cornet and has graduated from Ammanford Town Junior Band. Last weekend he took the stage playing 3rd Cornet on his debut for the senior band at Newbridge as part of the Miners Entertainment Contest 2015.

This was not all, as Dylan was the youngest player across all the bands on the day and as a result came away with a shield (unfortunately the only award won by the band on the day!). "It is very rewarding for me as Musical Director, to see the young players coming from the Junior band' says Glyn Davies, "It demonstrates a lot of hard work by Dylan and when I look around the stands it is good to know that we as a band have had a hand in the development of so many players.

In total there were five players on the weekend all under 13 and all of whom have come through the bands training system. From all the members and supporters of the band, well done Dylan.

As shown in the following picture, music is for life – Dylan Savage with his young player award award and band legend Gerald Davies

If you have a child who would like to take up learning a brass instrument, please contact us at contact@ammanfordband.co.uk  

     

Town Band takes centre stage with Eisteddfod triumph

posted 14 Aug 2015, 06:23 by James Murray   [ updated 14 Aug 2015, 06:24 ]

MEMBERS of Ammanford Town Band are singing from the rooftops after scooping top prize at the National Eisteddfod. The gifted music-makers won the Third Section Brass Band competition on Saturday after seeing off the challenge of rivals from Ynyshir and RAF St Athan.

The band’s chosen entertainment program was described by the judges as “an excellent performance with the band showing some real class and excellent tone”.

On top of the group congratulations, a special word of praise goes to 12-year-old Elisabeth Rogers who took centre stage with a fantastic solo in the performance of Paul Lovett Cooper’s Fire in the Blood.

Band secretary Wayne Neal was presented with the trophy on stage at the Maes.

Here are a selection of our best images from the day:

        

   


Promotion to First Section!

posted 29 Jan 2015, 14:41 by James Murray   [ updated 29 Jan 2015, 14:42 ]

After a successful season of competing in 2014, it has been decided that ATSB will be promoted into the First Section for all local contests in 2015.

Congratulations to all members of the band who worked so hard to achieve this.

New Year - New player?

posted 7 Jan 2015, 13:30 by James Murray   [ updated 7 Jan 2015, 13:31 ]

First and foremost, a Happy New Year to you all from all at Ammanford Town Silver Band. With what proved to be a very successful 2014 behind us, it is hard to believe that it is 2015 and the band are back in rehearsals; no expensive gym memberships for our players needed as our MD, Glyn, gets us into shape for the Regional Qualifiers in March.

The band have qualified for the National Finals of Great Britain for the past two years and in March will be competing for the hat-trick as the contest returns to the Brangwyn Hall in Swansea. With this in mind we are looking to recruit a Euphonium player.

Have you been away from banding for a while? Are you looking for a new challenge? Could you be the person we are looking for?

If you are interested in applying, please contact Secretary Wayne Neal on 07855 942170 or email contact@ammanfordband.co.uk

For more information about the band, please look around this website and we can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. 

Christmas is coming...

posted 10 Nov 2014, 13:34 by James Murray   [ updated 10 Nov 2014, 13:35 ]

Yes, we know it is only November but CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!! We've had a lot of bookings this year, all of which that are confirmed can be see on our Events page. Hope to see you during the festive period for a glass or two of sherry.

Winning ways continue in Fishguard

posted 4 Oct 2014, 13:39 by James Murray   [ updated 4 Oct 2014, 13:40 ]

Fresh from representing Wales at the National Finals of Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, it was back to competition at a local level last weekend for Ammanford Town Silver Band.

There proved to be no hangover from the National Finals as the band stormed to first place in the West Wales Brass Band Association Contest held in Fishguard. Competing in the second section of a 5 tiered grading system, this win pushes the band closer to promotion with one contest left this year.

“Ammanford Band were a first section band, however since the band fell on hard times we had fallen down the rankings” explains Musical Director, Glyn Davies “ The excellent year we have had, pushes us ever closer to promotion back to where we want to be” In three years the band have been promoted from the forth section to its current position, with the first and championship sections laying ahead.

The band has come a long way in a short space of time. This success is no doubt due to a lot of effort by band members with extra rehearsals called and a lot of practise being put in at home in the run up to contests. The aim this year is to be crowned Welsh Champions for the second time in three years.

We have seen tremendous strides being taken by junior members of the band. Three of the players who were on stage on Saturday were under 13 years of age. Having started to play with our Junior Band, each has earned their place in the senior band.

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