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National Eisteddfod return for BTM Band

Published in General on 2018-08-18 by The BTM Band

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The band marked its return to The Royal National Eisteddfod after a twenty year absence with second place in the Championship and First Section contest.  The contest, held in the Donald Gordon Theatre of the Millennium Centre, was also time to say goodbye to two of our younger players.  Joe Kendall, who has played a pivotal role in the rebuilding of the band, playing either baritone or trombone as and when required.  Joe has been a member of the BTM family since 2007 when he started playing at the tender age of 7 and he is testament to the strength of the youth bands within the BTM Band Society.  Joe is off to Imperial College in September to study civil engineering.   Band Manager, Lewis Hindley, said “It has been exciting to watch Joe develop in confidence and ability and we hope that he won’t be a stranger as there will be plenty of carol playing to be done in the run up to Christmas”.  The band wish Joe every success with his studies.  

Eiry Allender is another player who has been a member of the BTM Band Society family since 2008.  Eiry moved into the senior band in 2016 making her debut at the Spring Festival.  Eiry is going to study Music, Multimedia and Electronics at The University of Leeds.

The band also said goodbye to our kit player and percussionist, Luke Jones.  Luke is also a product of the Society’s youth development programme and has been playing percussion with the senior band for the last two years.  In order to further develop his skills Luke has accepted an invitation to play with Tredegar Town Band.  The band wishes Luke every success.

The band is taking a well deserved summer break before returning at the start of September to begin preparations for the rest of the year’s competitions including the Wychavon Festival of Brass, as well as several major concerts that are currently in the diary.

In the meantime, BTM That’s Brass are travelling to Dale, Pembrokeshire for the Bank Holiday weekend to take part in the RNLI fundraising weekend.  The extended 10 piece are looking forward to playing in the event as well as sampling the delights of The Griffin Inn’s Beer and Cider Festival!

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