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 the Mid Glamorgan Youth Brass band as well as the Rhymney Valley Youth Band.
Steve was part of the momentous rise of Cwmaman Institute Silver Band from 4th Section to Championship Section, which led to winning the Grand Shield in 2002 and three subsequent appearances at the British Open Finals in Symphony Hall Birmingham and two appearances at the National Finals in Royal Albert Hall, London. During this time, Steve self taught himself the trombone and spent a few years playing solo trombone before deciding that he was more suited to 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 felt privileged to be invited to play 1st Baritone for the internationally renowned Desford Colliery Band on their far flung tour of Singapore and Thailand.
After a brief period at Parc & Dare, Steve spent a few years at City of Cardiff before taking a few years off. He was persuaded out of ‘retirement’ in 2016 when he joined Llwydcoed band – and 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 works hard but still has fun. With quality players around the stands and a great MD Steve is looking forward to an exciting future.
2nd Baritone – Coming soon…