The Tongwynlais Temperance Band was founded in 1888. Its origins lie in the desire of a small handful of enthusiasts, with just one instrument between them. The founders were seeking a more temperate distraction for the workers of the numerous pits and ironworks that had sprung up alongside the Taff river as it made its way into the bustling port and city of Cardiff.
More recently the band has represented Wales at the National Finals in successive years having regained its place in the top flight of brass banding back in 2002. Alongside contest success has developed a thriving youth and academy programme based in its purpose built contemporary facilities now situated in Llandaf North.
The band is a proud supporter of a range of activities within its community as well the local contesting scene in the highly-contested Welsh Brass Band league. The band’s aim is to compete at the highest possible standard whilst remaining rooted in its community.
The band is also pleased to be able to champion the skills of a number of younger players within Principal positions and has provided a banding home from home for a number of students of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. It is also pleased to welcome a number of players from the Band of the Prince of Wales Division stationed near by in the Vale of Glamorgan.
In June, the band renewed its association with Ian Holmes upon his appointment as Principal Conductor. Ian marks his return to conducting the band on the contest stage at the National Finals.
Nationals Contesting History
First qualified for RAH in 2010, been every year since except 2011. Has come 17th in each of last three years. 6 outings in total. Best result of 4th (2012). Other National Finals: S1 5 times including 2009 (won), S2 6 times, S3 twice.
Principal Cornet: Harvey Rees
Soprano Cornet: Lee Elliot
Flugel Horn: David James
Solo Horn: Emily Evans
Solo Euphonium: Matt Rowe
Solo Baritone: George Evans
Solo Trombone: Jo Bartley