May 17

Grand Shield Success 2010

Tongwynlais Temperance Band qualified for the British Open Brass Band Championship for the first time in our history last Saturday. Drawn number three in a field of 19 bands, the band produced a performance of poise and control which found favour with adjudicators William Relton and Stephan Roberts.

Speaking on the stage during the presentation ceremony, Stephan Roberts said that, “there was two outstanding performances today that stood out from the rest of the field for us which made our decision easier”.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Tredegar Town Band on their win (what a year they are having) and we look forward now to representing Wales at the British Open in Birmingham  and National Finals in London along with them and the Cory Band.

The Grand Shield:
Saturday 15th May
Test Piece: ‘Rococo Variations’ – Professor Edward Gregson
Draw: 9.00am
Commence: 10.00am
The Opera House

Adjudicators: Stephen Roberts and William Relton

1. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse), 9*
2. Tongwynlais Temperance (Philip Harper), 3*
3. Pemberton Old Wigan DW (Mark Bentham), 16
4. Redbridge (Jeremy Wise), 15
5. BTM (Tom Davoren), 6
6. Flowers (Garry Cutt), 11
7. Bactiguard Wire Brass (Paul Andrews), 8
8. Wingates (Alan Morrison), 10
9. Newstead Brass (Duncan Beckley), 7
10. Reg Vardy (Dr Nicholas Childs), 5
11. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths), 14
12. Jaguar (Coventry) (Dave Lea), 17
13. Thoresby Colliery (Melvin White), 4
14. Freckleton (Paul Dalton), 18
15. Kingdom Brass (Andrew Duncan), 12
16. Mount Charles (Phillip McCann), 13
17. Skelmanthorpe (John Roberts), 19
18. Sovereign Brass (Stephen Cooper), 2
19. Marsden Silver (Glyn Williams), 1

Withdrawn: Burry Port Town (Craig Roberts)

Best Instrumentalist: Dewi Griffiths (Cornet) – Tredegar

*Top 2 bands qualify for British Open

What a 2010 it is turning out to be…………