Abergavenny Borough

History

Abergavenny Borough Band was recently described as 'a brass band as it should be; a band with a big sound and a big heart'. The band's proud 130 year musical heritage comes from a unique association with the town and people of Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. The true origins of the band lie shrouded in mystery; there were certainly reports of an 1881 'Whit Monday' procession up the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain with basses playing from a horse drawn "Break". The band also served as the '3rd Mons Battalion Regimental Band' after the First World War before returning to its community roots where it has thrived ever since.

Historically, the band has been well established in Welsh higher divisions; achieving Championship status in 1982. It has also been National Eisteddfod and Welsh League Champions on numerous occasions. The last two years has seen a growth in both band and solo silverware leading to Abergavenny being crowned Welsh Regional Champions in 2017. At the band's heart lies its commitment to education and its junior section; where both the young and not so young develop.  

Abergavenny Borough Band has made significant progress under their Scottish Musical Director, Sean O'Neil ARCM (Hons). Sean, appointed in 2016,  was previously been Head of Brass & Wind at Gwent Music Service. Sean's distinguished educational and playing career includes playing Tuba in many of the top orchestras of the world;  including time as principal Tuba player at Welsh National Opera. The Band's' Resident Conductor is Lana Tingay who is also MD of the Youth Band.

First Nationals appearance for 14 years (Section 1 2003). Total of 10 previous Nationals appearances, never in the podium places. (Best result unknown, stats not available). Most recent appearance at S2 was 1989.

 


Principal Players

Soprano Cornet                   David Bateman

Flugel Horn                          Jon Mudd

Solo Horn                            Lana Tingay

Solo Baritone                       Jacqui Llewellyn

Solo Trombone                    Ian Howe

Solo Euphonium                   Aled Daniels

Solo EEb Bass                      Jonathan Tingay

Solo BBb Bass                      Steve Ward

Principal Percussion              Janet Jones

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