Principal Cornet – Richard Davies
Richard started playing at the age of 7 with the Aberaman Original Silver Band and then at the age of 9 moved to Llwydcoed Silver Band. In 1985 he joined the Cory Band and in 1990 he left to join Cwmaman Institute Silver Band and became their Principal Cornetist. During his period with Cwmaman Band he was the main driving force behind their successful rise from the 4th Section to the Championship Section. During his early years he was also Principal Cornet of the Mid Glamorgan Youth Brass Band and also a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales. In 2003 he returned to the Cory Band on Solo Cornet, he moved to Repiano 2005 where he has remained until a switch to the Flugel Horn seat.
During his time with Cory he has greatly contributed to the Band’s many contest successes and he has been involved in: 4 European titles, 3 British Opens, 1 Nationals, 1 World Championship, 3 Brass in Concert Championship.
Richard left school at the age of 16 and went to work in Local Government where he is currently a Principal Officer in the Corporate Finance section. He is a professionally qualified Accounting Technician and also holds a professional Trainers qualification.
His most memorable performance Cory was winning the British Open playing Titan’s Progress where his solo contribution played a significant part in securing the title that day.
Richard’s boyhood hero and most inspirational person in banding is James Shepherd. “I adored his technique and sound, each time I practiced I tried to emulate him. I also enjoy listening to the playing of Wynton Marsalis, Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong. Other influential people in my career have to be my parents, my very sympathetic wife Clare, Dr Robert Childs and also the late Cynan Jones who was an amazing teacher and confidant during my years at Cwmaman.”
Richard is a phenomenal player and a great role model to many, including players within the band. This makes him a great leader, and the best man to be in charge of our cornet section. His mellow cornet tone is distinctive and capturing and Richard is a great asset to Llwydcoed Band, not only as a player but also as a person – his humour really does put a smile on our faces!
When Richard isn’t in the band room he is working on his tan while chasing a little white ball around.
Principal Cornet – Andy Smith
Soprano Cornet – Ian Johnson
Ian began playing cornet at the age of 7 in the Salvation Army in Merthyr with Howard Roberts. Then started having lessons in school with Howard Jones where he worked up to Grade 6 with merit. He has also played for Merthyr Tydfil Youth Orchestra and Big Band. He joined Llwydcoed band in 2005 on cornet and in 2010 he moved onto Soprano Cornet enjoying the successes of the past years as Llwydcoed progressed through the sections into the championship section. Ian’s tone and ability to play soft is second to none and has developed into a fine Soprano Cornet Player. Qualifying for the National Finals in 2020 is a dream come true and makes all the hard work worthwhile.
Bumper – Up – Grace Thomas
Grace was introduced to banding from an early age and started playing the cornet at the age of 4. She has played for many local senior and youth bands around Cornwall and joined St Dennis Senior Band on Principal Cornet in 2019. She is also a member of the Cornwall
Youth Brass Band, where she has been playing for 8 years.
Grace started studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in September 2020 under the teaching of Chris Turner, and hopes to develop and grow as a brass musician.
Front Row Cornet – Elisabeth Rogers
From a very early age, Elisabeth was introduced to brass banding with her late grandfather, Eifion Rogers, buying her a cornet when she was born. She began playing at the age of 7, being inspired by her family’s involvement in brass banding.
At the age of 8, Liz joined her family’s local brass band, Ammanford Town Silver Band, playing both cornet and flugelhorn. Working her way through the ranks, she gained the principal seat as the youngest ever principal cornet of the band, aged 14, which she held for 3 years.
To develop herself further as a musician, Liz currently plays front row cornet for Llwydcoed Band. She is also a current member of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales, and has been a member since the age of 11. She is also the current principal trumpet/cornet of Carmarthenshire Senior Ensembles and the 6 Counties ensembles.
Throughout the years she has developed her playing by helping out in various bands and being expertly tutored by Tony Small and Chris Turner. She is complemented for her distinctive tone and has recently been made a Young Ambassador for Geneva Instruments.
Elisabeth is currently in her first year of studying the cornet at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she will continue to develop her talent and grow as a brass musician.
Front Row Cornet – Seamus Gallagher
Repiano – Erin Maloney
Erin first began playing the cornet at the age of 7, she has since played with Beaumaris Brass Band for 10years working her way up to principal cornet of the youth and seinior band. Erin enjoyed a trip to the Youth European Championships in Utrecht 2018, where Beaumaris Youth Band achieved 3rd place in the development section.
She is fortunate enough to be a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales since 2017. Erin started studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in september 2020 under the teaching of Tom Hutchinson, where she hopes to further grow as a musician over the next 4 years.
2nd Cornet – William Jones
Will (aged 19) grew up in Stroud, Gloucestershire and started learning to play the cornet with the Chalford Youth Band where he went on to become principal cornet. He also had a brief spell with Wotton Silver Band before moving on to A W Parker Drybrook Band, playing on the front row.
Will is currently studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is taught by Chris Turner.
2nd Cornet – Announcement soon
3rd Cornet – Lynne Turner
Lynne started playing the Tenor Horn under the direction of Mal Guy and Alan Gibbs in Mid Rhondda at the age of 11. She then became a member of the Mid Glamorgan Youth Brass Band attending rehearsals every Saturday morning. During this time she began lessons from Gareth Keys in school and was a member of the RMR (Rhondda Merthyr Rhymney) youth band.
Lynne started competing with Lewis Merthyr Band quickly moving from 2nd Horn to Solo Horn before leaving to study music at Salford. Upon completing her studies at Salford, where she studied tenor horn with Gordon Higginbottom and Sandy Smith and conducting with Roy Newsome and David King, she returned to Wales spending a year in Aberystwyth gaining her teaching degree and helping out Aberystwyth junior band. Now she helps Richard Davies out with Llwydcoed Juniors.
Lynne has since returned to Wales with her husband Chris via a long spell in Germany working as a teacher for the MOD and Yorkshire where she became a Teacher of the Deaf.
Lynne has played with Lewis Merthyr Band, Rochdale Band, BT band, Brass Band Limburg, Pennine Brass and the Cory Band winning the British Open in 2007. After a few years off from playing, following the birth of her daughter, she joined Pontypool Brass Band, Tata Band and now Llwydcoed! She is the bands super sub playing wherever needed – horn, percussion but is presently sat on the back row.
3rd Cornet – Terry Duckstein
Terry learnt to play the cornet at the age of 6 in the junior band of Cardiff Cathays Salvation Army. He then progressed into the senior band. Terry attended numerous South Wales Divisional music schools and joined the Treharris Salvation Army band in 1990.
After approx 10 years out of banding, Terry joined us at Llwydcoed Band in 2009. His first contest was the SEWBBA contest held in Ebbw Vale Lesiure Centre. The band played Variations on Laudate Dominum by Gregson, under the direction of Carl Saunders.
Terry is a kind soul who does a lot of work for the band behind the scenes. He’s a great bandsman with great commitment and holds the best property for playing in a band – a passion for music. He enjoys being a member of Llwydcoed, and we enjoy having him.