James began playing for Llwydcoed at the beginning of 2014 by playing in several contests leading up to the national championships in Cheltenham. This is the first brass band James has played for, other than the gwent youth brass band. James has currently been auditioning for music colleges and already has been offered a scholarship for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. James has also been successful in gaining a place in the NYBBW percussion section for 2015. He has a lot of fun in the band with the variety of pieces they play.