Solo Trombone – Ioan Jones
Ioan who grew up in Cwmgors, a small village in South Wales. He started playing the trombone age 7 in his primary school having lessons with Wayne Pedrick. Ioan was a member in a successful ensemble with his primary school coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd in different years at the Eisteddfod yr Urdd. He then starting attending the West Glamorgan Youth Brass Band where he had the opportunity to play in many venues such as the Birmingham Symphony Hall, Menin Gate in Belgium and Lake Garda in Italy. Ioan began having lessons with Jeff Pearce who taught him from age 12-18. Ioan has been a member of Cwmtawe Brass since the age of 14 and attended the national finals with the band, achieving 3rd place in 2018.
During this time Ioan achieved a distinction at Grade 8 Trombone; became the principal trombone of the Six Counties Brass Band and played in the National Youth Brass Band of Wales of which he is still a member. Ioan has accepted an offer to study the trombone at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is now taught by Donal Bannister, where he will develop as a musician over the next 4 years of his degree.
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)
BassTrombone – MalachiTaylor
I started playing bass trombone after watching a performance by Grimethorpe colliery band when I was 15 in mid wales. Since then I’ve done music A-levels and I am currently studying music performance at the RWCMD in Cardiff. I joined the band in November 2018.