Cornets

Samuel “Samo”Dawson

Occupation: Student MSci Biochemistry Swansea University

Why did you take up a Brass instrument: Didn’t want to play the flute

When did you join the Band: 2019

Why did you join the band: Community – Warm vibes

First Contest: Merthyr Junior band

Previous Bands: Cwmtawe, Briton Ferry, ERW 6 counties, Swansea Uni Brass

Favourite banding Memory: Playing solo in Skylines

Favourite Contest: Eisteddfod 2018

Favourite Test Piece: Ex Terra Lucem

Favourite Park Job Piece: Cruella De Vil

Interesting fact/something we didn't know: Ex kayak polo player

Carl James

Occupation: Security engineer

Why did you take up a brass instrument: Interested in playing and couldn’t cope with a violin

When did you join the band: 2016

Why did you join the band: I joined the band due to the welcoming players and social side

First Contest: My first contest was in Parc and dare about 28 ish years ago with Pencoed

Previous Band(s): Pencoed silver band, Vale of Glamorgan , Tata Steel, Crwbin, Ammanford

Favourite banding memory: My favourite memory was a tour to Germany with mid glam youth brass band

Favourite Contest: Haverfordwest contest

Favourite Test piece: Force of destiny

Favourite Park Job Piece: Amporita roca

Tilly Jones

Occupation: Ysgol Gynradd Parcyrhun Blwyddyn 5

Age: 9 years

Started playing cornet: November 2018

First contest: October 2019, Cefneithin school hall

Jamie Reynolds

Occupation: Managing Director

Why did you take up a brass instrument: Put my hand up by mistake in Tycroes Primary School!

Joined the band: 1988

First contest: Welsh Regionals (Brangwyn) 1991

Previous Bands: GCG; Llanelli; Aberystwyth

Favourite Banding Memory: Playing in Cheltenham Race Course National Finals on Soprano

Favourite Contest: Welsh Regionals 2020 – Swansea University Bay Campus

Favourite Test Piece: Resurgam or Connotations

Favourite Park Job piece: Castell Coch

Dylan Savage

Occupation: Pupil at Ysgol Bro Dinefwr

Why did you take up a brass instrument: Saw my sister play, and wanted to join in

Joined the band: 2015

Why did you join the band: Promoted from Juniors

First contest: Minors Eisteddfod 2015

Previous Band(s): Ammanford juniors

Favourite Banding memory: Playing the cornet solo in Ex Terra Luciem in my first contest as principal cornet

Favourite Contest: Wychaven

Favourite test piece: Purcell Variations

Favourite park job piece: Banard Castle

Interesting fact/something we didn't know: I enjoy Fishing

Matthew Wallace

Occupation: Teacher at Newton Primary School, Mumbles

Why did you take up a brass instrument: I was jealous of my brother playing in Ammanford Junior band and wanted to join.

Joined the band: 2015

Why did you join Ammanford Band: My local town band and I came through the junior ranks.

First contest: Welsh Regionals 2000, Brangwyn Hall for Llanelli

Previous Bands: Ammanford Junior Band, Llanelli, GCG, Carmarthenshire County band and Three Counties

Favourite Banding memory: Playing principal cornet in Welsh Regionals in Wrexham for my home town band 2019.

Favourite Contest: National Eisteddfod

Favourite Test Piece: Fire in the Blood

Favourite Park Job piece: Theme from Ice Castles

Interesting Fact: Grade 8 flautist and French horn player

Richard Williams

Occupation: Operational Support Chef

Why did you take up a brass instrument: Rob Owen did a school demonstration whilst I was in Saron primary school

Joined the band: Late 80's

Why did you join the band: My father had a recommendation for me to join the junior band then I re-joined when hearing the band carolling last year

First contest: Burry Port in the late 80's. Recently, Wrexham last year

Previous Band(s): Ammanford Junior & Senior

Favourite Banding memory: The camaraderie whilst staying at Wembley for the National Finals

Favourite Contest: 1st qualifiers of the year

Favourite test piece: Malvern Suite

Favourite park job piece: Don't Stop Me Now

Interesting fact/something we didn't know: I'm a winner of a blue peter badge

Tom Williams

Occupation: Student in Ysgol Bro Dinefwr

Why did you take up a brass instrument: Wanted to learn a new instrument after playing the Piano

Joined the Band: I joined the senior band in 2015, after playing with the Juniors

Why did you join Ammanford Band: To make it a hobby and to play outside of school/county

First Contest: Welsh Regional Contest 2015, Brangwyn Hall

Previous Bands: Only Ammanford

Favourite Banding Memory: Competing with the band for the very first time in 2015

Favourite Contest: National Eisteddfod 2015

Favourite Test Piece: The Golden Sabre

Favourite Park Job Piece: YMCA

Interesting Fact: I can build computers