David 'Sos' Jones
Occupation: Local Government Officer
Why did you take up a brass instrument: Started learning brass around 1975 / 76 at school with Ivor Davies & then joined the 'reformed' Ammanford Band, there had been no Band in Ammanford since they won the National Eisteddfod at Ammanford in August 1970 under Haydn Morris and they disbanded after this contest.
The Band Room door had been 'kept open' for a number of years by Raymond Tancock who maintained a small 'junior band' functioning for these years and he taught several youngsters. Ivor Davies was appointed Bandmaster and the Band was eventually reformed with several old stalwarts returning to the fold and myself joining initially the junior and shortly after senior band.
First contest: Ivor competed with the 'reformed' band on April 23rd 1977 at the Brangwyn Hall (my first notable contest) the Band came first out of many, and represented Wales at the 4th Section National Finals at Hammersmith later that year
Despite some 'broken' years service I am probably the current longest serving playing member, I have been Junior Band master, Senior Band master, committee member, I am a Trustee of the Band.
Favourite Banding memories: Too many to list, but include conducting the Band at the then prestigious Pontins Contest at Bream Sands in the 80's and coming 6th out of 21 bands, the Miner's Galas at Cardiff were unforgettable annual experiences prior to the demise of the NCB (attended by 10's of thousands) with all the colliery bands marching through the city and the massive miners' Rally at Sophia Gardens and Brass Band contest after. The Annual Miner's Gala band competition at the Winter Gardens Blackpool were fantastic trips as well as unforgettable!
Favourite Test Piece: Peter Schmoll Overture - won many an 'own choice' on this
Favourite Park job piece: Dambusters March'
Interesting Fact/Something we didn't know: I am also a member of several groups and bands, my passion is Jazz. I was a member of the Pontarddulais Band for a time in the 1980's and toured Holland with them. I also manage the Constellation Big Band based in Swansea.
Instrument: Bass trombone
Occupation: Retired office worker
Why did you take up a brass instrument: Started in School
Joined the band: First played in 2011 but I've depped a lot over the years
Why did you join the band: Favour to my mate David Adrian Jones who plays in the band
First contest: My first ever was 1971 in G.CG. with Pontardulais playing Snowden fantasy by TJ Powell
Previous Band(s): Pontardulais(3 times,Glyneath ,West Glam Youth,Burry Port and Ammanford helped out many others to numerous to mention!!
Favourite Banding memory: Playing in West Glam with the great Eric Ball conducting!
Favourite Contest: Playing in the Royal Albert Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham
Favourite Test Piece:Epic Symphony/Journey into freedom/Land of the Long White Cloud
Favourite park job piece: Aces High March
Interesting fact/something we didn't know: My father played g trombone in 1947 for Pontarddulais Town Band unbeknown to me,when I joined in 1971 I was given the actual instrument he played!!
Instrument: Bass Trombone