Thomas Coaches Mid-Rhondda Brass Band

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Band News

16th/17th May 2015 - another great contesting weekend for the band. On Saturday the band achieved 1st place in the 2nd section of the SEWBBA Spring contest at Merthyr Tydfil, with Ebbw Valley Brass in 2nd place and Crosskeys Silver in 3rd. Our Solo Euphonium Rob Burnett won the Best Instrumentalist prize for a great performance on 'Mountain Views'. The next day saw the band off to a 7 a.m. start, heading to Weston-Super-Mare contest where we achieved another podium finish, being awarded third prize. A very enjoyable weekend all round!

21st March 2015 - a great performance from the band at the Welsh Regionals Championships in Swansea was rewarded with 2nd prize, a place in the National Championships at Cheltenham in September, and promotion to the 2nd section next year. Well done to the MD and all the players on stage, and a great birthday present for MD Alan Gibbs!

14th December 2014 - Another sell-out concert at St Albans churchTonyrefail - great evening all round!

13th September 2014 - A great result for the band, being placed 3rd out of the 12 Welsh & English bands at the Miners Welfare Entertainment Contest at Porthcawl. The band's programme included a rousing performance of 'Dunndonnell' by Philip Sparke, and a wonderful rendition of the Denzil Stephens arrangement of 'Myfanwy' by Euphonium soloist Rob Burnett.

18th May 2014 - Another successful outing for the band at the Weston-Super-Mare contest, winning 2nd place in the 3rd section, with our bass players winning the 'Best Bass Section' award for the 2nd year in a row!

15th March 2014 - the band gained a very creditable third prize at the Welsh regional contest at LLandudno.

2nd February - another trophy for the band to start 2014, as the band takes 2nd place at the Ross GBBA contest.

23rd November - Following today's Blaenavon contest, Mid-Rhondda Band have been confirmed as SEWBBA Third Section Champions for 2013, winning the T.J. Powell trophy!!

5th October - Well done to Alan Gibbs and all the players for achieving another podium finish taking 3rd place in the 3rd section at the West Wales Festival of Brass Burry Port.

15th September - another cup for the band's trophy cabinet!! The band were awarded the £200 prize and CISWO cup for the most entertaining performance at the Miner's Welfare Entertainment Contest in Porthcawl.

18th May - congratulations to MD Alan Gibbs and the band on two great contest performances over the weekend of 17th/18th May. On Saturday 17th the band picked up the Runner-Up prize in the 3rd section at the Ebbw Vale contest playing 'Kaleidoscope' by Philp Sparke, with our flugel horn player Jayne Moxon winning the award and cup for Best Instrumentalist.

On Sunday 18th the band scooped another impressive 2nd place in the 3rd Section at the Weston-Super-Mare contest, with our bass players winning the prize for 'Best Bass Section'. Congratulations to Graham Sheppard (Bb Bass), Jeff Traylor (Eb Bass) and Alex Tait (Eb Bass).

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