Basses

Eb Bass – David Groves

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David started playing the cornet in Afon Taf High School taught by Howard Jones. After a few years a change to euphonium coincided with him and a small group of friends sitting in on rehearsals with Llwydcoed Band. Following the retirement of one of the euphonium players he was asked to join the band and played in his first contest in Porthcawl in 1984. In 1987 he played at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Rhondda, Merthyr and Rhymney Schools Band that participated in the Music for Youth Festival. Following a sabbatical shortly afterwards he rejoined the band a few years later this time on Eb bass, although another short break ensued about three year later. David rejoined once again in 1995 on euphonium with the band in the fourth section and has remained with the band despite some barren years with the band not competing for some time, and is pleased to be part of the recent revival of the band. After a spell on baritone David was asked to move on to Eb bass once again in 2013, and is enjoying the challenge of playing in the Championship section albeit with some trepidation.

Away from banding David is the Finance Director for a local independent pharmacy group but often leaves his counting brain at the office, he is also a keen golfer.

EB Bass – Dave Tutty

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Bb Bass – Frazer Bish

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Bb Bass – Gavin Johnson

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Bb Bass – Kevin Johnson

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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 transferred to the senior band. Kevin 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 of the band in 2006 and is very proud to have played in all 4 sections with Llwydcoed Band and is looking forward to playing in the Championship section Nationally from 1st January 2015.

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