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Contact us & Credits

Find out about the 4barsrest team and how to contact us.

The directors of 4barsrest.com are: 
Anthony Banwell
Iwan Fox

The general contact email address for all queries is


Anthony Banwell:

Anthony started his playing career at the age of seven when he joined the Celynen Colliery Institute Silver Band. Following spells with various local bands, he joined Tredegar Town Band at the age of 16 on baritone following both his talented 'master craftsmen' baritone playing father and brothers footsteps - leaving him with the nickname “Nibs” (as in the apprentice to Chippy Minton in Camberwick Green).

After a short break while attending university, he returned to the band in 1993. A distinguished playing career of no solos or any playing above the stave came to an end when he decided to change careers from Teaching to work with the  London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (London Fire Brigade) in April 2000.

In February 2010 he emigrated to Perth, Western Australia.

Iwan Fox:

Iwan started playing for Tredegar Junior Band in 1974 as a sprightly child prodigy aged 7, he became soprano cornet of Tredegar Band aged 19 (so he wasn’t that much of a prodigy all along). Before his retirement he played soprano with Tredegar and as a roving “guest” player for most of the UK’s most needy top section bands including Black Dyke, YBS, Fairey’s and Fodens. Iwan is a fervent Cardiff City and Liverpool FC supporter.

Folowing a career running a welfare rights advice service for Powys County Council in Wales, he became full-time editor of 4barsrest in 2006. With his long suffering partner Beverly and her daughter Bronwen, they hope to move into a new home with a huge garden and hot tub on the proceeds of setting up the site and waiting for the money to roll in.


Other contributors:

John James:

Involved with music from an early age, his grandfather used to play G trombone with Pemberton Old many moons ago. His personal connection to brass bands started over 40 years ago when he met his future wife Anne who was a member of Parr Public Prize Band. He joined and remained at Parr, playing both cornet and percussion, until 1991 when he moved to Rainford Silver Band.

He played for Rainford at the National Finals on three occasions; they took the runners-up spot in the 3rd Section in both 1991 & 2006.

In 2003 he moved to join the Percussion Section at Tredegar Band competing in both the British Open and the runners-up performance at the National Finals.

John was, until retirement, a Registered Nurse managing a busy surgical unit. A regular golfer and member of Mold G.C., coming from St.Helens he obviously follows the famous local Rugby League side.

Also:

Malcolm Wood
Chris Thomas



Black Dyke Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 25 February • Town Hall Buildings, 68 Queen St, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS27 9DY


The Cobham Band -

Saturday 25 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall, 4 Embercourt Road, Thames Ditton KT70LQ


Elland Silver Band - Lofhouse 2000 and Tingley Bands & Oldsilkstone

Saturday 25 February • All Saints Church Savile Road Elland HX5 0NH


Contest: North West Regional Championships

Sunday 26 February • Winter Gardens Complex, Church Street, Blackpool. FY1 1HU


GUS Virtuosi Band - The Hawth Brass Series

Sunday 26 February • The Hawth theatre, Crawley RH10 6YZ


Amesbury Town Band

February 24 • Players and beginners of any standard are always warmly welcomed. We could do with more trombones, solo cornets and percussionists to help out existing players. Feel free to drop in even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument


The Corsham Band

February 23 • The band are currently looking to recruit either second or third cornet players to further strengthen our friendly and enthusiastic team. Why not come along for a blow and an enjoyable evening at one of our rehearsals. .


Uppermill Band

February 22 • Following the Area Contest, due to work commitments, 2 of our Players will be relocating. As a result an ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL CORNET and a further CORNET Player (position negotiable) will be required to complete our team. Rehearsals Mon & Wed 7:45-21-30


David Barringer

BMus(Homs)
Conductor and Adjudicator