Eb Bass – Rhys Michael
Rhys started playing Eb Tuba at the age of 12 with West Glamorgan Youth music service before moving onto Bb Bass with the Senior Band at the age of 14. At the same time, Rhys had joined the then second section Briton Ferry Silver Band on second Eb Bass, later moving on to Solo Eb Bass. After a short stint on Bb Bass, Rhys then moved to second Eb Bass of the West Glamorgan Youth Brass Band before again moving up to Solo Eb Bass for the remainder of his time with them. At the age of 15, Rhys had gained a place in the RWCMD junior department studying orchestral Tuba under past pupil, Andrew Mcdade. Rhys then became a member of the NYBBW and Principal Eb Bass at 16 and has since kept that seat. Rhys then moved to Ammanford Town Silver Band on Solo Eb Bass and became conductor of the Junior Band. Since moving to Cardiff, to continue his studies at the RWCMD under Dan Trodden, Rhys Joined Llwydcoed on Bb Bass and looks forward to an exciting future with the band.
Eb Bass – Alice Tracey
Alice first began playing the Euphonium at the age of 9 before moving to tuba at 10. She started playing for Penclawdd Junior Brass Band soon after,under the direction of Richard Phillips, and continued playing and competing with the senior band under the direction of Tony Small.
In addition to Penclawdd, Alice has enjoyed playing with West Glamorgan Youth Band where she had the opportunity to tour Lake Garda Italy, and competing in the Music for Youth Festival in Birmingham.
Alice has been a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales since her first course in 2017, as well as playing in the Six Counties Brass Band.
Under the tuition of Simon Howell, Alice has achieved Grade 8 and accepted an offer to study Music Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Alice looks forward to her time in Llwydcoed and is excited for the opportunities that are to come!
Bb Bass – Fraser Bish
After fourteen years at the heart of the National Champion powerhouse Cory, with a personal tally of major contest winning success that includes five British Opens, two Nationals, four Europeans, three Brass in Concerts and eleven Welsh Area wins Fraser retired from playing. A year later after much bothering from chairman Kevin Johnson, Fraser joined the Llwydcoed Band. Fraser leads the foundation of Llwydcoed Band with his legendary sound and the odd pedal or two. His experience and advice is invaluable to the band.
Bb Bass – Gavin Johnson
Bb Bass – Kevin Johnson
Kevin started playing at the age of 7 on baritone in the Merthyr Tydfil Salvation Army under Bill Lewis (who later became his father-in-law). Kevin played in the junior band and when he was 15, he moved up to the senior band. Kevin has played a number of brass instruments – all except the cornet. He was asked to help out Llwydcoed Band in 2003 and has been there ever since. He became Chairman in 2006 and is very proud to have played in all four sections with Llwydcoed Band.