Solo Trombone – Mark Wilkes
Mark started playing baritone at the age of 8 under the guidance of Colin Radford. He joined Markham Band at the age of 9 where he moved on to Euphonium. He remained on Euphonium for many years playing for Ystrad Mynach Brass Band and also dabbled in conducting when he led their youth band. By the end of his tenure with Ystrad Mynach, Mark had taught himself the basics of playing the Trombone and took up a Trombone position with Oakdale Silver Band. After several years Mark joined Lewis Merthyr Band on Solo Trombone where he had his first experience of higher section banding. Following a spell at Rogerstone Mark joined Llwydcoed on E flat bass (but he tries not to talk about it too much!). Within 12 months he managed to go from Bass, to Bass Trombone, 2nd Trombone and finally Solo Trombone where he now sits. Along the way Mark has helped out many bands which oddly enough all seem to start with the letter T…Tredegar, Tongwynlais, Tylorstown, The BTM, The Mid Rhondda band, The Parc and Dare band and many more. Having never played at such a high level Mark is looking forward to the challenges those with valves are going to face in the Championship section!
2nd Trombone -Adam George
Adam joins from The Briton Ferry Band profile and picture soon
Bass Trombone – Matthew Berryman
Matt comes from a family of brass players and started playing the cornet at the age of 5 under the guidance of Lynne James. He joined Glynneath Silver Youth Band at the age of 8 then moved on to tenor horn whilst under the baton of Eric Turner. After working his way up through the ranks, Matt became the solo horn player. After a couple of years working a long side Eric, Matt moved up to the senior band on 2nd horn under the baton of Lynne Croft (Turner). After a year Matt moved on to 2nd euphonium then a couple more years later on to solo euphonium. Matt held the seat for 3/4 years after which he decided he wanted more of a challenge and gave trombone ago. After having lessons off the former sun life bass trombone player Gareth Williams Matt then became the solo trombone and held the seat until the band disbanded in 2006. Matt then joined Ammanford Town Silver Band (ATSB) on bass trombone, reaching two consecutive National Finals which was Matt’s first experience of higher section banding. He then made a move to Ystradgynlais public band for a short time before joining G.C.G. Following the birth of his son in 2010, he decided to return to Ammanford in order to be closer to home. In January 2015 Matt made the brave decision to follow his dream of playing in the championship section and joined Llwydcoed on bass trombone and is enjoying working along side Chris Turner and the many talented players along the way.