Flugel Horn – Sian Drew
Sian drew started playing at the age 7 on tenor horn, quickly realising this was far too heavy to carry back and forth to school so decided to change to cornet. Beginning her brass band experience with Pencoed Silver Band, moving onto Ynyshir Band before playing with the Parc and Dare Band gaining experience playing in the higher sections and qualifying for the Albert Hall in 2006. Sian then joined the Lewis Merthyr Band where she stayed for 6 years, during this time she moved onto flugel horn. Sian joined the Llwydcoed band in 2012 and has had the opportunity to qualify and play in the 1st section national finals 2013 and is looking forward to the challenge in the championship section.
Solo Horn – Evan Key
Coming from a family of brass players, Evan was first introduced to the Tenor Horn at the age of 12 when he was given an instrument to try after accompanying his family to band practice. Following this Evan quickly took to the instrument and performed with many of the local brass bands in his home county of Lincolnshire over the years before deciding to study music at university. Evan moved to South Wales in 2011 to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he was taught by Owen Farr, graduating in July 2015. Evan joined Llwydcoed band in the summer of 2015 from the Pontardulais band and is enjoying being part of such a friendly and hard working team.
1st Horn – Hayley Beynon
Hayley was introduced to brass playing by her dad when she was 8, but after lots of arguing, her learning continued at Cardiff Canton Salvation Army.
Hayley played in the Young People’s Sally army band until she was 16 where she transferred to the senior band and she proudly still play’s in the band today. Hayley took over as the YP band leader and after 15years service she has just relinquished the position.
2nd Horn – Bethan Wilkes
Bethan started playing a brass instrument at the age of 9 at her local girls brigade, she was then given a French horn at school by her brass teacher Kim Kelly but had to give it up because she couldn’t reach the fourth valve with her thumb!! She then moved onto baritone and only played in brass bands with school, Ogmore & Mid Glam band. she joined Ystrad Mynach band at the age of 14 where she sat 2nd baritone moving up to 1st baritone before finally convincing them to let her play euphonium, she even played solo euphonium for a while! Bethan then moved onto tenor horn in 1998 and played solo horn for Oakdale silver band until 2002. After a short break Bethan then joined Lewis Merthyr band on solo horn where she stayed for 8 years, & qualified for national finals in Cheltenham. After a short spell with Rogerstone band Bethan joined Llwydcoed in 2011 on 1st horn, where she is playing at her highest level yet and is loving every minute. Bethan produces a warm sound and is a great Bandsperson always first to help out with any task.