Parc & Dare
Parc & Dare (Leftfield Environmental) Band was founded in 1893 in the village of Cwmparc in the Rhondda, taking its name from the former Parc and the Dare Collieries. The Band will celebrate its 125th year of music making during 2018 and has over the years established itself as one of the most famous names in the Country. The Band’s successes are countless, with literally dozens of Championship 1st prizes, representing Wales at the National Championships on no less twenty-one occasions; been crowned Champion Band of Wales fifteen times, and thereby qualifying to represent Wales at the European Championships four times and gaining a very credible fourth place on two of those appearances. The band has competed at the First Section National Finals on two previous occasions, finishing runners up in 2004 and this year has seen the band regain its Championship status for its 125th celebratory year.
In addition to its competition successes, the Band has performed hundreds of concerts at home and abroad, and amassed over 250 broadcasts on radio and television whilst led by some of the most illustrious conductors to grace the brass banding scene. Consequent to its successes, the Band has been the focus of countless press articles and has even had a book published covering its illustrious history, aptly entitled “A Life Divine”.
First Nationals appearance since 2014 (Section 2). Total of 25 previous Nationals appearances, including 22 Champ (21 RAH, 1 CP). Highest Nationals placing was 2nd (S1 2004, their most recent appearance at S1), also 3rd RAH 1945. After qualifying for Champ in 1989, had to wait 15 years for next Nationals appearance (S1 2004).
Principal Cornet: Darren Williams
Soprano Cornet: Paul Eddy
Flugel: Andrea Lewis
Solo Horn: Mike Saunders
Solo Baritone: Hugh Williams
Solo Trombone: Phil Dando
Solo Euphonium: Gareth Maidment
Eb Bass: Louise Alexander
Bb Bass: Ceri Williams
Perc: Nathaniel Alcolado