A busy Saturday saw the band put preparations for the WWBBA Burry Port contest on hold, to take part in the unveiling of a permanent memorial, in Pontardulais, to those who lost their lives at the Graig Merthyr Colliery. Amongst the names inscribed on the memorial are some past members of the band, further details of whom can be found on one of the pages in the History section.
Pontardulais Town Band were once again proud to lead the parade at the Pontardulais & Hendy Carnival, but for the first time from the upper deck of an open top double-decker bus! Normally the band plays traditional marches while leading the parade on foot, but being chauffeured in style allowed the band to play a selection of lively music to entertain the crowds. The band were also pleased to share the bus with local two-time MMA champion Brett Johns.
Huge thanks to the Pontarddulais and Hendy Festival Committee for their organisation of the event and to the Swansea Bus Museum for allowing us to use the bus!
A mixture of new and returning officials were elected at the band’s Annual General Meeting held on 17th May 2017, with the positions filled as follows:
President – Mr John Maclean
Chairperson – Mrs Sue Aldrich
Treasurer – Mr Neil Palmer
Secretary – Mrs Jen Welti
The band looks forward to the year ahead under their and the committee’s leadership.
Tickets are now available for the Annual Concert, which will feature Senior and Junior Bands, with special guests Bella Voce ladies choir.
Tickets are currently available at a bargain price of £10 from Sue Aldrich, Carly Shanklin, Steph Throp or via any member of the band.
Alternatively tickets will be available on the door, but as this is always a popular concert we recommend avoiding disappointment by getting your tickets before the day!
The band are pleased to have achieved 3rd place in the Championship Section at the opening contest of the 2017 Welsh League series, held at Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre on May 6th 2017.
In addition, the band are delighted that solo euphonium player, Bradley Barnes, was awarded the ‘Best Instrumentalist’ prize for the section.
In this Own Choice contest, adjudicated by Melvin White, the band chose to perform ‘Alhambra’ by Jan de Haan. Full results for the section are below.
|Reflections on Swan Lake
|Salute to Youth
|3||Pontardulais Town Band
(Jan de Haan)
|4||Markham & District Band
|5||Ebbw Valley Brass
|Salute to Youth
|W||Burry Port Town Band||Reflections on Swan Lake
Best instrumentalist: Bradley Barnes – Euphonium (Pontardulais Town Band)
Best horn: Evan Key (Llwydcoed Band)
Best back row: Llwydcoed Band
The band’s popular 100 Club lottery is due to restart soon. If you would like to reclaim your number, or if you would like to join as a new player, please speak to Jen Welti or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Numbers will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.
Entry is £1 per month, per number. Players are welcome to buy multiple numbers to increase their odds of winning!