Euphoniums and Baritones

Rhodri Davidson

Instrument: Baritone

Occupation: Student at Bro Myrddin School

Why did you take up a brass instrument: I tried playing a trumpet but I just couldn't hit the high notes

Joined the band: August 2018

Why did you join the band: I wanted to be challenged and to socialise with other brass players whilst doing so

First contest: West Wales Festival Contest

Previous Band(s): Pontarddulais Junior Band

Favourite Banding memory: Playing same part against my great uncle in Welsh Area 2019

Favourite Contest: 2019 Welsh Area

Favourite test piece: Rise of the Phoenix

Favourite park job piece: Don't Stop Me Now

Interesting fact/something we didn't know: I enjoy solving a Rubik's cube

Millie Savage

Instrument: Baritone

Occupation: Student

Why did you take up a brass instrument: It was either that or violin

Joined the band: 2012

Why did you join the band: My local town band; I was promoted from the juniors

First contest: Porthcawl 2012

Previous Band(s): Ammanford Junior Band

Favourite Banding memory: Playing my first contest on baritone in the National Finals in Cheltenham, 2014

Favourite Contest: Welsh Regionals

Favourite test piece: Purcell Variations

Favourite park job piece: Pirates of the Caribbean

Interesting fact/something we didn't know: My real name's Amelia

Thomas Fowles

Instrument: Euphonium

Occupation: Student

Why did you take up a brass instrument: A few of my friends started playing trumpet in school and I wanted to be part of an ensemble with them.

Joined the band: 2018

Why did you join Ammanford Band: Local, competitive band with lots of young players like myself.

First contest: Wychavon 2018

Previous Bands: Pontarddulais Junior Band

Favourite Banding memory: Playing in my first regional contest for Ammanford in Wrexham

Favourite Contest: Porthcawl Entertainment

Favourite Test Piece: Fire in the Blood

Favourite Park Job piece: The Hustle

Interesting Fact: Started on trombone, then went to tenor horn to grade 5, finally switched to euphonium.

Wayne Neal

Instrument: Well? Not sure on this one. I will play what the band needs. Currently on solo Euphonium.

Occupation: Supervisor in a car manufacturing factory.

Why did you take up a brass instrument: My grandfather saw me one day playing around in the bus stop with friends causing some mischief . He decided to take me down to the band to get me off the streets.

When did you join the band: Started in the junior's 1984. I was promoted to the senior band in 1987.

What did you join Ammanford band: My grandfather was the new conductor of the band.

First contest: 1988 Burry Port contest.

Previous Bands: Ammanford Band, Llanelli Band, GCG Band

Favourite banding memory: Travelling to Bilbao for a music festival, spending 3 days on a boat whilst watching everyone have sea sickness apart from me however, the best moment is having my 20th birthday out there and the band got me a cake We were in a hostel sharing with other bands across Europe and they all sung happy birthday to me in their language. Very emotional!

Favourite contest: Ebbw Vale contest by far. Great bar up stairs plus a swimming pool on site

Favourite test piece: Diversions on a Swiss theme. I was on solo baritone when we won the British 2nd section finals in Preston in 2001

Favourite park job piece: Split between two Flashdance & YMCA. Two class pieces that get the audience going

Interesting fact: Been in the band since 1984 and the only instrument I haven't played in a concert or contest is Bass. I am also a football level 3A referee.