Penclawdd Brass was formed in May 1973 by its founder conductor, Tony Small. He was a brass teacher in the local Secondary School, where he had a very dedicated and talented group of youngsters. The school band eventually evolved into a Youth band, which qualified for the 1973 National Youth Band Championships of GB, held in London. That success triggered Tony and several very enthusiastic parents to establish Penclawddd Brass (on the Gower peninsula). The band qualified for 11 National Finals in its first 14 years, representing Wales in every section. Memorable highlights were winning the 2nd Section National title at the RAH in 1983, a remarkable achievement in its 10th year, and also winning the Welsh Regional Title (Championship Section) at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea in 1986 – to date, the only band from West Wales to do so since 1946.

Penclawdd Brass successfully won two competitions in 2016 and were delighted when our veteran euphonium star, Alun Evans, won the best soloist award at both events. The band was also very pleased when its former principal cornet, Gareth Small, won the best soloist award when “guesting” with the famous Black Dyke Band at the European Championships held in Lille, France, last year.

Penclawdd Brass runs Beginner Classes and a Junior Band. We have always supported the West Glamorgan Youth Band and this year are very pleased that two of our young members will join the growing ranks of Penclawdd members to have played for the NYBBW.

First Nationals appearance since 2013 (Section 1). Total of 13 previous Nationals appearances, including winning S2 1983 and 2 RAH. Most recent appearance at S2 was 2003.

Principal Players

Soprano Cornet: Gurnos Rees

Principal Cornet: Christopher Smith

Flugel: Mark Smith

Solo Horn: Elizabeth Smith

Solo Trombone: John Richards

Solo Euphonium: Alun Evans

EEb Bass: Ioan Harry

Percussion: Cliff Hyde