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Pontins Champs to appear on TV

Llanrug have been "soap stars" during the past year. Now comes the transmission.

 

The Welsh television channel S4C have been following the Llanrug Band over the past few months — following them at all the major contests they attended. Now the programme will be aired on S4C on the 2nd January.

The programme is called "Y Band" and is 45 minute sin length. The Press Release from them reads as follows:

Y Band
Will be shown on S4C on the 2nd of January at 8.25pm.The programme was made by BBC Wales, Bangor.


There is that special something in a small Welsh village, which makes one person travel 200 miles twice a week and another to give up his daily pint for two nights a week! It brings people from all walks of life together—builders, a steam train driver, a retired CID officer to a successful young pharmacist. In this observational documentary, we follow Llanrug Brass Band as they attempt to win the most prestigious competition in the UK.

They have all been drawn together to perform to the baton of a vibrant young man called Gavin Saynor—Europe’s best tuba player ! Gavin has returned home determined to take Llanrug Brass Band to new heights, and the majority of the band are just as determined as Gavin to put a stop to years of failure and win the most sought after and important brass band competition in the UK.

Recently the band won first prize at an important Welsh competition in Swansea. This allows them to compete in the UK Championship which will be held in Dundee at the end of September this year. . Gavin Saynor playes with UK’s famous Yorkshire Building Society band which takes him to Huddesfield twice a week. His success with them makes him a very competitive person, but is Llanrug village band ready for this professional push?

The band as a whole is over the moon with their success but there are tensions as some of the members have threatened to leave.

Financial problems plague the band, as they must raise £3,000 to pay for the Dundee trip and will have to find a lot more for a new home to house the band and replace the shabby and leaking wooden shed that is used by them at the moment.

The band has many very colourful characters. They are a mixture of age and background with some members having followed in the footsteps of their fathers before them—indeed some for generations.

Gavin Saynor is a gentle giant! He is 27 years old and from Deiniolen, the nearby village where people are also mad about Brass bands.To hear him playing the tuba is a wonderful experience and he has won countless competitions throughout the UK and Europe.
During the day he works as a peripatetic music teacher in Gwynedd and in the evenings when he’s not on the road to Huddesfield, he leads the Llanrug Brass Band. His dream is to put Llanrug Brass band on the map by winning the competition in Dundee and move into his new home in Llanrug.


Berwyn Pills and Cream. Pharmacist Berwyn Owen — has returned to play with Llanrug Brass band after a number of years working away from home. Berwyn joined the band at the age of seven and left at the age of 16.His role as a chairman is to raise the bands profile, and think of money scams.

The beauty of following the band at this time is the excitement due to the Dundee Premiere League competition, and so the band will be all out to battle to get to the top after so many years in the doldrums.

Producer / Director
Gwenan Pennant Thomas lives in the village of Llanrug, and has spent the last 6 months following the band.

Quotes :-


Gavin Saynor :- “ Brass band is the unique in the fact that you can have somebody 8 years old, and somebody 80 years of age, sitting next to each other, and they will have the same enjoyment out of making music”

Berwyn :- “ Llanrug Brass Band is probably the oldest brass band in the UK, certainly in Wales, it’s being going for almost 250 years, and started in the slate quarries in Llanberis”.


The Dundee competition takes place on the 21st of September ‘03

Y BAND—will be shown on S4C on the 2nd of January 2004 at 8.25pm.



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