Local band achieves national success


Tongwynlais Temperance Band returned home victorious last weekend (20 October) with a top 5 finish in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

Cardiff’s championship brass band made the journey along the M4 to compete against the 20 best bands in the UK and as one of only four Welsh bands at the competition the band were rank-outsiders against a strong field of household-name bands including Black Dyke and Brighouse & Rastrick.

“We qualified for the competition earlier in the year at the Welsh Regional contest in Swansea, securing a coveted qualification spot against a strong line up of Wales’s finest” says band Chairman Jason Bevan.

Defeating 16 other bands, Tongwynlais came away with 4th place winning much praise from both the day’s adjudicators and pundits alike.  “The band gave an impressive performance that stood out for the judges.  Working with a new conductor in legendary tuba virtuoso Steve Sykes, I’m pleased that the hard work and commitment we’ve seen from all the players is now reaping rewards.  It is a great achievement and I’m really proud of everyone” added Jason. 

The band who are based in Llandaff North now have a busy schedule coming up over the festive period and they hope to capitalise on the success they’ve seen in 2012.