It is with great sadness that we report the death of Mr George H. Brookes MBE.
George joined the Llandudno Town Band as a junior player in 1940 and quickly became a very accomplished and committed bandsman, showcasing his skills particularly as a top class cornet player for many decades. His dedication to the band as a player, conductor and instrumental tutor over the years was exceptional and he was an inspiration to many youngsters, some of whom still play in the band as adults today. George’s untiring efforts were justly recognised and rewarded in the year 2000, when he was awarded the MBE for his services to banding. The Llandudno Town Band owes a great deal to George and he is greatly missed as a person and as a musician. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
The May bank holiday is almost upon us which means Llandudno Town Band will be back on the promenade for our summer concert season.
We’ll be on Llandudno bandstand every* Sunday and Monday from now until the August bank holiday. Our intermediate band will also be there on selective Thursdays in June and July.
Sunday is an evening of hymn signing, where the band will play a selection of popular hymns for you to join in.
Monday is an entertainments programme with a mixture of musical styles.
Thursday is also an entertainments programme from our intermediate band (14th & 21st June, 5th & 12th July only).
All our concerts start at 7:30 and last for about an hour – deck chairs are provided.
Why not come along and spend a relaxing evening with us on Llandudno’s beautiful promenade…
You will also have the opportunity to buy a selection of CDs (£5 each) and our book documenting over 100 years of entertainment provided by the band (available at the end of our concerts or ask one of our deck chair attendants).
* All concerts are weather permitting. First performance Sunday 27th May. Last performance Monday 27th August. The band will not be performing Sunday 1st July, Monday 2nd July and Sunday 29th July due to other engagements.
Llandudno Town Band are delighted to announce the arrival of Andrew Jones as their new Musical Director.
Andrew began his musical education in Flintshire with the Royal Buckley Town Band. His education was supplemented with master classes from the late Alan Stringer (formerly principal trumpet with London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) and progressed to become co-principal trumpet with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and a member of the National Youth Brass of Great Britain.
He has performed with many highly respected bands across Wales, the North West, Yorkshire and the Midlands including Northop, Point of Ayr Colliery, Besses o’ th’ Barn, Yorkshire Imperial Metals, Milnrow, Rhos Silver and Rainsford Band predominantly as principal cornet or solo cornet.
His conducting career begun with Deeside Silver Band before moving on to Royal Buckley Town Band, Greenalls Band and Rainsford Band : winning contest prizes with each.
Andrew spent over 30 years working in the field of music education and holds postgraduate qualifications from the Universities of Cambridge and Surrey. During this time he directed Great Sankey High School Concert Band performing at the annual National and International Concert Band Festivals (achieving Gold and Silver awards respectively).
Andrew is proud to have formed two community concert bands. The Argoed Concert Band in 1997 (adopted by Mold Town Council in 1999) and Westbrook Concert Band (now re-badged as the Warrington West Concert Band). These bands are flourishing today serving their respective communities twenty years after their inauguration concert.
Now retired, Andrew has lost none of his enthusiasm for music and is relishing the challenge of revitalising Llandudno Town Band and building its long term future. He has already started working in conjunction with the training band to bring through new talent into the senior band.
If you are a brass player (or ex-brass player) or percussionist, and feel you would like to join us then please get in touch (even if your instrument is not listed on the vacancies page). You will be made welcome in a forward looking, friendly and fun band.