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Wednesday 4th October 2017
Wychaven Contest

The Band will be under the baton of David Langley for the upcoming Wychaven Entertainment contest on Saturday 28th October.

David has been a member of the band since he began playing.  David is a music teacher in St Albans School and is an experienced conductor having led several bands in South Wales.  He is also the Musical Director of Bristol Concert Wind Band.  

Sunday 1st October 2017
Band Seeks MD

Blaenavon Town Band welcomes applications for a new Musical Director following the departure of musical director Lynne Turner due to family commitments over the next few months.

The band would like to thank Lynne for her hard work during her time with us, there have been many enjoyable moments both on and off stage- fancy dress at fundraising concerts a particular highlight!

The band had already taken the decision to withdraw from Burry Port-concentrating on entering the Wychavon competition. This will now continue under the temporary direction of David Langley.

Applications should be made to secretary Paul Miles:

pjmiles68@gmail.com



Tuesday 01st September 2016
It's oh so quiet!
So, you may have noticed the website has been a bit quiet! In fact three years since our last news update. So much has happened since then, including a win at the National Eisteddfod and Welsh Area! 

The website is currently being updated so watch this space for lots more exciting news! 



Saturday 27th July 2013
Big Pit 30 and Tianna's Last Appearance (for a while)
The band helped Big Pit celebrate 30 Years as a museum with an outdoor concert near the pit head.  It was also Horn Player Tianna Priests last gig for while as she prepares for the birth of her child.  We wish Tianna all the very best and we hope to see her soon.
 
Thursday 25th July 2013
Summer School Concert a Success
This years summer school concluded with a short concert in the Workmens Hall for parents and supporters.  The Summer School took place from Tuesday to Thursday with 21 young musicians from the Band and the local school.

The musicians were split into two groups; the first was for the older and more experienced musicians who formed an ensemble playing diverse music from R.B. Hall to Strauss and Mozart.  The second group was made up of the younger players who got to grips with some more traditional junior band music.

Evan Smith thanked the tutors; Sharon James, Anna Jones, Dave Langley and Lana Tingay for their hard work and support.  He proclaimed the Summer School a success as every player had improved their playing and enjoyed themselves.

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Saturday 22nd June 2013
Juniors Band Impress at St Hilda's

The Blaenavon Town Junior band took part in a special concert to celebrate the official opening of the refurbished Church Hall of St. Hilda's in Griffithstown.  In front of dignitaries such as Paul Murphy MP and Huw Lewis AM, Minister for Communities the Band opened the concert with Slaidburn and concluded the concert with The Final Countdown.

Monday 20th May 2013
Pride at Ebbw Vale, Pride and Prejudice at Weston


What a dramatic weekend it has been for Blaenavon Town Band!  Changes in percussion and the baton.  Lifetime achievements, soloist prizes and great performances at Ebbw Vale and a disqualification at Weston Super Mare.

First things first and we welcomed Jamie Jones to band who is taking over the baton for a while as Andrew takes some well earned time off.  Jamie  agreed to take the band just over a week ago and has made an immediate impact.  However, if he thought it would be plain sailing then he had another thing coming!

On the Friday before Ebbw Vale our kit player Michelle fell ill and would miss the contest.  Luckily we have Ethan Hall who is not only an excellent cornet player but also a superb drummer.  He stepped in and Grace Hart moved from solo cornet to second cornet.

Fortunately that was the only crisis for the Ebbw Vale contest. The Junior Band played first and were awarded a Silver Prize and Euphonium player Ryan Browne was a deserved winner of the Soloist award for his playing of David of the White Rock.

Ryan with his sister, mum and trophy

There were also awards for 3 long serving members of the Band who were presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards by the South East Wales BBA.  Between Jane Davies, Janet Jones and Daryl Preece there are 97 years of service to the band.
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Jane, Jan and Daryl wait for their awards


In the first section the senior band played The Plantagenets (again) and we were very pleased with the performance.  The 4th place was a decent enough result and builds on our past results in the first section.  Andrew Watkins also picked up the best soprano player award.

1. Llwydcoed (Nigel Seaman) - 193
2. RAF St Athan (Alan Bourne) - 192
3. Lewis Merthyr (Gareth Pritchard) - 191
4. Blaenavon Town (Jamie Jones) - 189
5. Penclawdd Brass (Tony Small) - 188

So onto Weston and a nice relaxing day at the seaside.  Unfortunately there had been a change in the rules which a number of bands, including us, hadn't picked up on.  The new rule states that players can only play for one band at the contest.  So borrowed players have to come from bands that aren't performing at Weston.  

We borrowed the Soprano Player from Pontypool who were playing in third section and we had no option but to go on stage with an ineligible player and were therefore disqualified.  Those are the rules and we should have been more careful.

The performance was very good and we would have come 3rd which would have been an excellent result.

The ups and downs of the weekend had far more ups than downs and the band can be very proud of the a great weekends work.  For our new B-flat bass player Andy Pippen it was a very interesting introduction to Blaenavon Town Band.  We can't promise that every contest will be dramatic.

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Members of Blaeanavon Town Band feeling sorry for themselves at the Weston Contest

Thursday 16th May 2013
Rehearsals for Saturday 18th May


The following rehearsals have been scheduled for Saturday 18th May:

Junior Band - 1.00pm - 2.00pm in the Bandroom
Senior Band - 2.00pm - 3.00pm in the Bandroom


Friday 10th May 2013
Rehearsal Schedule for Ebbw Vale and Weston Contests


Sunday 12th May
7.00pm - 9.00pm Senior Band

Monday 13th May 
No Junior or Senior Rehearsal

Tuesday 14th May
6.30pm - 7.30pm Junior Band
7.30pm - 9.30pm Senior Band

Thursday 16th May
6.30pm - 7.30pm Junior Band
7.30pm - 9.30pm Senior Band

Friday 17th May
6.30pm - 8.00pm Junior Band
8.30pm - 9.30pm Senior Band

Please make every effort to attend these rehearsals and if you cant attend please let us know ASAP.

Sunday 21st April 2013
Junior Band Entertains in Cardiff


This afternoon the Blaenavon Town Junior Band took part in a series of concerts by Youth and Junior bands from South Wales held in the Wales Millenium Centrein Cardiff.

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The Juniors played a 45 minute programme that included Slaidburn, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Euphonium Solo David of the White Rock.
In all, 3 soloists were featured; Lauren James played Ben, Carys Browne played To a Wild Rose and Ryan Browne with David of the White Rock.

The event was compered by Nigel Seaman and featured bands from BTM, City of Cardiff and Burry Port.

Friday 19th April 2013
Band Annual Awards


The red carpet was out at the Riflemans Arms on friday as the band celebrated the past year with the annual awards.  Following a sumptuous meal and a few beers the following awards were made:

Most Improved Player went to Baritone player Kale Church.
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MDs Player of the Year was E Flat Bass player Trevor Sanders.














Section of the Year was the Euphoniums and Baritones (Evan Smith, Ryan  Browne, Kale Church and Carys Browne).

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Bandsperson of the Year, which is voted on by the band membership, was award to Repiano Cornet player Anna Jones.

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Saturday 6th April 2013
David gets top UniversityJob


The Blaenavon Town Band was pleased to hear that one of its EEb Bass players, David Langley has recently been appointed to the position of Joint Musical Director of Cardiff University Brass Band.




Currently studying for a Bachelor of Music Degree at Cardiff University School of Music, where he has also conducted the Cardiff University Symphonic Brass Ensemble, David is a product of the Band’s Youth Development Strategy as he started learning with the Band’s Junior Section then moving into the Senior Band and developing by playing at all levels with the Greater Gwent Youth Brass Band.

 

David has also helped out as a Tutor at some of the Band’s recent Summer Schools.

 

Paul Miles, Band Secretary said:

 

‘The Band is extremely pleased that David that he has been appointed to this post and are very proud to have seen him develop with us over the years. We wish him all the very best for his future with Cardiff University Brass Band and hope that other young people will see the opportunities that being involved with their local community Brass Band can give them’.

Thursday 4th April 2013
Junior Band Spring School


The Junior Band Spring School culminated in a short concert for parents and supporters at the Bandroom this afternoon.  The Spring school was attended by 17 players (young and not so young) who played a wide variety of music which concentrated on developing solo playing.
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The Spring Schol was also used to help prepare for the next Junior Band challenge which is to appear on the Glanfa Stage at the Wales Millenium Centre in Cardiff on Sunday 21st April 2013.

Monday 1st April 2013
Punchinello Goes Platinum

This morning it was announced that the bands recording of William Rimmers Punchinello has been downloaded more than 600,000 times resulting in the British Phonographic Societies Platinum Award.

The recording, made in 2012, was the headline track of the bands latest album enigmatically entitled "In Concert".

Record producers and the music press have been quick to comment that this could see a major shift in popular culture away from boy bands and rap towards acoustic 'heavy metal' brass. Executive Producer at Sackbutt Records Loof Lirpa said that this was the biggest change since the ‘Floral Dance’.

In another twist, download site xaoh.com revealed that 599,999 of the downloads were traced to the account of a Mr T Barnes who had fallen asleep when pressing the Enter key while visiting the site.


Saturday 16th March 2013
Band Fourth at Swansea

Adjudicator Paul Cosh placed Blaenavon Town Band 4th in the Welsh Regional Contest in Swansea last weekend.

Edwartd Gregsons test piece 'The Platangenets' was a stern test for the Second Section bands who had their work cut out getting to grips with the musical and technical challenges.

The full results were:

1. Goodwick (Matthew Jenkins)
2. City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) 2 (Dewi Griffiths)
3. Parc & Dare (Andrew Jones)
4. Blaenavon Town (Andrew Protherough-Jones)
5. Royal Buckley (Scott Lloyd)
6. Newtown (Steve Edwards)
7. Crwbin (Colin Hogg)
8. Gwaun Cae Gurwen (Malcolm Reed)

The top 2 bands go through to the finals.

The contest was the last for B-flat bass Player Norman Nicholas who is retiring after 17 years will the band. We wish Norman all the best for his retirement.

 

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