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Burnett enjoys return to banding roots

Things have certainly changed for the better as the experienced Rob Burnett returns to his banding roots at Gwaun Cae Gurwen Band.

  Rob Burnett is enjoying his return to his banding roots at Gwaun Cae Gurwen

Since taking up the baton at Gwaun Cae Gurwen Band, conductor Rob Burnett has certainly been enjoying getting back to his brass banding roots.

He told 4BR: "I really feel that I've come home. GCG was my very first contesting band and it's fantastic to be back where it all started for me as a young euphonium player."

For the better

Rob also said that he was delighted that certain things had changed for the better too since those early days — with the band now having a fantastic line-up of female players in the ranks.

"Having played in an era when many top bands were strictly 'men only', having female players in bands has been a huge, positive influence," he added, before adding with a wry laugh. "I've even bought a pink baton just to show that I have a softer side!"

Having played in an era when many top bands were strictly 'men only', having female players in bands has been a huge, positive influenceRob Burnett

Great atmosphere

He concluded: "We have a full solo cornet bench and horn section of talented women players. It makes for a great atmosphere, rehearsals are going well and the band has a real eagerness to improve and enjoy their music making.

Everyone is looking forward to the forthcoming National Eisteddfod and with a flourishing Junior Section the future also looks secure."


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