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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 two occasions as they took the runners-up spot in the 3rd Section both in 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

Also:

Malcolm Wood
Chris Thomas



Black Dyke Band - Huddersfield Town Hall

Thursday 22 June • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


Regent Hall Concerts - The Olazti Trombone Quartet

Friday 23 June • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE


Black Dyke Band - Hertford Choral Society

Saturday 24 June • All Saints Church, Churchfields, Hertford, Hertfordshire SG13 8AE


The Fairey Band - Stockport Schools Brass Bands

Saturday 24 June • The Plaza. Mersey Square. Stockport . SK1 1SP SK1 1SP


Garforth Brass - Learn to Play Day

Sunday 25 June • Garforth Methodist Church. Church Lane. Garforth. Leeds. LS25 1NW LS25 1NW


Frampton on Severn Silver Band

June 25 • We are a friendly non-contesting band in Gloucestershire looking for players, in particular cornets, baritone, euphonium and basses. We play at many local events and bandstand jobs, and practice on Tuesday evenings just off Junction 13 of the M5.


Chinnor Silver

June 24 • We need Bb BASS to help us continue our progression . good book of concerts and 2nd section contests.. we rehearse on a wednesday in our own bandroom. come and give this friendly band a try you wont regret it


Foss Dyke Band

June 23 • Foss Dyke Band, under the direction of new MD Michael Howley are now recruiting! If you play Eb or Bb BASS then we'd love for you to join us and help us at the National Finals in Cheltenham and beyond.


Ian Porthouse


Cornet soloist, clinician, conductor and adjudicator