Burry Port Town

History

Burry Port Town Band has a long and colourful past, with the first historical mention of the band, originally named the Elliots Smelting Works Band, found in 1896. The band grew from this humble, industrial beginning and established itself as a community favourite, playing at local fetes and marches and raising money to support both itself and worthy causes. Sadly, just before the outbreak of WWII, the band disbanded.

In 1972 a group of local enthusiasts held a meeting with the aim of re-establishing the band. Old instruments and a library of music were discovered. These, together with some new purchases, a place to rehearse and a keen group of volunteers, sowed the seeds of the band’s renaissance.

The band continued to grow in terms of its level of performance throughout the 80s and 90s winning a host of prizes in 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st Sections. Finally, in 2000, the band was promoted to the elite Championship Section.

Since 2001, the band has six times claimed the title of “Welsh League Champion Band of Wales”, four times won the National Eisteddfod of Wales, and three times represented Wales at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall. The band has also claimed Senior Cup and Welsh Open Championship titles.

In addition to contesting, the band remain very active on the concert stage, regularly supporting charities, fetes, local organisations and other musical ensembles.

 


Principal Players

Soprano: Jayne Thomas
Cornet: Carwyn Walters
Flugel: Jane Stredwick
Horn: Tomos Williams
Euphonium: Paul Evans
Baritone: Lynne Evans
Trombone: Nils Richards
EEb Bass: Daniel Sturch
Bbb Bass: Poumpak Charuprakorn
Percussion: Emyr Rees

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