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 started playing the Euphonium under the tuition of Tony Small whilst attending Penlan Comprehensive School achieving the level of grade 6. He then went to Swansea College where he took up the task of learning to play the Trombone, under the tuition of Andrew George (No relation… 😁😁😁) and Keith Rees, he successfully passed his grade 7 with Merit on Trombone.
His banding career started with Pontardulais town band under the baton of Mr Brian Buckley, where he played 2nd Trombone. Then moving onto Penclawdd Brass Band under Tony Small also playing 2nd Trombone.
He then took a sabbatical from competitive banding but was an ever present member of the West Glamorgan Youth Musical services playing in their successful Brass band, Wind Band, Big band and symphony orchestra ensembles. At this time Adam was successful in gaining a place on trombone with the National Youth Brass Band of Wales and National Youth big band of Wales where he did two courses.
After a friends 21st birthday at the Pontardulais bandroom he was asked to re-join on solo baritone, where he attended the National finals in Harrogate and Leeds.
After 8 years with Pontardulais, he left to go to play solo trombone with Briton Ferry Silver Band. After 4 years with Briton Ferry and numerous successful lower section titles, In 2016 he qualified for the National Finals and 2nd section Welsh league champions for 2016.
He joined Llwydcoed Band in December 2016 and is enjoying playing at a challenging level and competing in the Grand Shield and English Masters.
Favourite test piece – Year of the Dragon (but Triumph of Time is up there)
Bass Trombone – Barry Scott
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