Llanrug

History

The first brass band as recorded in Llanrug was formed in 1834 by four brothers from the nearby village of Bethel. Prior
to this date, there was a wind band of sorts in existence. If this is the case, the band is one of the oldest in Wales and certainly has claim to be the oldest band still in existence, there is very little on record about this band details of number.

The band had a close relationship with the nearby Dinorwic Slate  Quarry the biggest of its kind in the world and most
bandsmen were employed at the quarry, it is a known fact that all quarrymen paid a penny per week towards the upkeep of the band. But for the periods of the two world wars the band continued mainly on a local basis competing at local eisteddfodau but amongst the musical directors who visited Llanrug was William Halliwell considered to be the Harry Mortimer of his day.

The present band consists mainly of youngsters with twenty of the band being under the age of 25 years. The band won the North Wales Championship in 2014 and 2015. as well as winning all the trophies at the Newtown contest in 2016. The band is a regular supporter of the National Eisteddfod of Wales, both winning and highly placed on each visit.

First Nationals appearance for 13 years (Section 2 2004), and first ever appearance at S1 Finals. Total of 7 previous Nationals appearances, highest placing was 4th (S2 2004).

 


Principal Players

Sop. Cornet. Sacheus Pritchard.
Solo Cornet. Owain Llestyn
Repiano.      Rhys Jones
Flugel          Rebecca Roberta
Solo Horn     Gethin Ellis
Solo Bari      Jack Dutton
Solo Euph     Gerallt Owen
Solo Trom     Iwan Rhys Williams
Bass Trom     Jonathan Roberts
E flat bass     Stephen Williams
Bflat bass      Alan Dulyn Owen

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