Bronwyn’s delighted to be back in Wales
THE South East Wales Brass Band Association organised their Autumn Brass Band Festival last Saturday, November 24, at Willows School, Cardiff and despite the rather poor attendance of bands in certain sections it turned out to be quite a successful day and was thoroughly enjoyable.
The Youth/ Junior bands presented their 15 minute programmes and the progress that is being made was very heartening to hear.
One person who certainly enjoyed the day was Bronwyn Landeg, who is a fairly recent addition to the ranks of Third Section Crosskeys Silver Band. This was her second band contest in Wales having spent most of her childhood in the US where she played the saxophone in the school orchestra and later at high school playing in a marching band.
She moved there in 2003 and returned to Wales in 2012 when she did her A-level music and played in the RCT Youth Band.
Having met Sion Rhys Jones, current conductor of Crosskeys band just three years ago, she said: “His love and passion for music inspired me to get back into my music.
“I am now playing baritone with Crosskeys and absolutely loving it as the band have been so welcoming and are such a very friendly bunch.”
■ 4th Section – Welsh League Champion Band 2018 – Shared between Gwaun Cae Gurwen and Ogmore Valley
■ 3rd Section – 1st Taff Vale; 2nd Cwmtawe Youth; 3rd Usk; (Best Instrumentalist Duncan Broadley cornet and Best Horn Section all Taff Vale); Champion Band 2018 - Taff Vale Brass; Runner Up – Crosskeys Silver.
■ Section 2 – 1st RAF St Athan Voluntary; 2nd Crwbin Silver; 3rd Abertillery Town; (Best Instrumentalist Andy Watkins Soprano Cornet Abertillery Town; Best Trombone Section Crwbin); Champion Band Newport Borough; Runner Up – Crwbin.
■ Section 1 – 1st A WParker Drybrook; 2nd Abergavenny borough; 3rd Briton Ferry; (Best Instrumentalist – Andrew Jones A W Parker Drybrook); Champion Band– Burry Port; Runner Up – Abergavenny Borough.
■ Championship – 1st Llwydcoed; 2nd Pontardulais Town; 3rd Tylorstown; 2018 League of Wales Champion Band – Ebbw Valley Brass; Runner Up – Pontardulais; Conductor of The Year – Gareth Ritter.
Youth/Junior Certificates for 15 minute programme – City Cardiff Beginners (M4) Bronze; City Cardiff Youth (M3) Gold and Best Percussion; Ebbw Valley Academy Gold and Best Instrumentalist Scarlett Norman Solo Horn; Llwydcoed Juniors Silver; Newport Borough Training Bronze and Best Cornet Graham Middleton; Youngest Tuba Player Annie Duque aged 11; Youngest Player Sebastian Nader- Humphries age seven; Rhondda Fach Youth Silver; Vale of Glamorgan Training – Bronze.
Bronwyn Landeg of Crosskeys Silver Band