1st Baritone – Steve Stonelake
Steve started playing at the age of 9 for his local band Cwmaman Institute Silver Junior Band where he played Euphonium.
After a couple of years Steve discovered that the baritone was far easier to carry around and joined the senior band on baritone.
As he developed Steve played principal baritone in Mid Glamorgan Youth Brass band and also Rhymney Valley Youth Band.
Steve was part of the momentous rise of Cwmaman Institute Silver Band from 4th section to Championship section which lead to winning the Grand Shield in 2002 and subsequent 3 appearances at the British Open Finals in Symphony Hall Birmingham and 2 appearances at the National Finals in Royal Albert Hall London. During this time frame Steve self taught himself the trombone and spend a few years playing solo trombone before deciding that he was more suited to playing the baritone.
Steve has played for various top bands for recordings, concerts, competitions and tours throughout Europe, making countless lifelong friends along the way.
In 1999 Steve was privileged to be invited to play 1st Baritone for internationally renowned Desford Colliery Band on their far flung tour of Singapore and Thailand.
After a brief period at Parc & Dare band Steve spent a few years at City of Cardiff Band before taking a few years off. He was persuaded out of ‘retirement’ in 2016 when he joined Llwydcoed band where he hasn’t looked back since. Steve has since won band soloist prize, best section prize and best instrumentalist prize at the West Wales Brass Band Association competition which is proof that many a good tune can be played on an old baritone!
Steve is pleased and privileged to be part of this up and coming band that work hard but still have fun. With quality players around the stands and a great MD Steve is looking forward to an exciting future.
2nd Baritone – John Jones
John’s Banding career started in 1967 with the Gellifaelog Band (Merthyr) before moving on in 1968 to Rhymney Youth Band and Rhymney Workmen’s Band which became Rhymney Hymac Band. John Is proud to have played rugby for Cefn Coed RFC (Centre No.13) and Merthyr RFC between 1971 and 1986. 1987-1992 saw John’s first stint at Llwydcoed Band before he moved to Parc & Dare 1992-1994 and then The Tredegar Band 1994-2011. In 1998 he played in Treherbert Band with his wife. Whilst at the Tredegar Band John won the Yeovil Entertainment Contest, Grand Shield Area and the British Open in a memorable year in 2010. What an achievement. John has many memorable performances during those times including On The Shoulders Of Giants, Vienna Nights and English Heritage to name but a few. John enjoyed travelling Europe with Brass bands and a most memorable trip was Europeans contest in Bergen in 1996. John had the privilege to play for the Wee Professor Walter Hargreaves on Gwent Youth Course in 1969 at Crosskeys College. John rejoined Llwydcoed in 2012 and brings his vast experience and golden tone to the band.