Jazz band on pa­rade for mayor

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THE Peny­waun Pa­raders have been spe­cial guests of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s mayor after clinch­ing the cov­eted world ti­tle.

Es­tab­lished in 2014 and based on the Peny­waun Es­tate in the Cynon Val­ley, Peny­waun Pa­raders are a jazz band for all ages, made up of 70 mem­bers – the youngest mem­ber be­ing aged five and the old­est be­ing 55. At the 2018 In­door Cham­pi­onships, Peny­waun Pa­raders were crowned world cham­pi­ons.

As a re­sult of their vic­tory, they were in­vited along to the mayor’s par­lour.

Mayor Steve Pow­der­hill said: “To have the world’s best jazz band based in our county bor­ough is such an amaz­ing achieve­ment and I was de­lighted to meet them all to con­grat­u­late them in per­son.

“Jazz bands were once very pop­u­lar in South Wales, with most com­mu­ni­ties hav­ing at least one in their midst.

“They were a great way for peo­ple to get to­gether to en­joy mu­sic and march­ing.

“Jazz bands were also in great de­mand at com­mu­nity events, with reg­u­lar com­pe­ti­tions tak­ing place, with their cos­tumes be­ing just as im­pres­sive as the mu­sic.”

If you would like to join the Peny­waun Pa­raders Jazz Band, re­hearsals take place at Peny­waun Com­mu­nity cen­tre each Mon­day and Thurs­day, from 5pm un­til 6.30pm.

All are wel­come.

The Peny­waun Pa­raders

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