from the weekly brass band newspaper, ‘The Contest Field’, of March 1900, features
Eli Shaw Snr and his family of the Denton Original Band.
Standing first left in the back row is Eli Shaw Jnr, who four years after this ‘portrait
gallery’ was taken, came to Tredegar to become principal cornet and Bandmaster.
It is therefore believed to be the earliest picture of him that is
available to the band.
The article states that Eli Jnr started playing aged 10 in the Barnsley Temperance
Band. Later, after progressing through Kingston Reserve Band and then Oldham
Rifles, he was appointed solo cornet with Ferrante’s Band (sic), before joining
Denton Original in the same role.
A few months
after this article appeared, Denton Original became the first band to win the
National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain at Crystal Palace. Eli Jnr
played repiano cornet that day.
Rather prophetically for
Tredegar, the article states; ‘Eli is a very brilliant player, and is much
Through research at the Gwent Archives, it has been found that Eli Shaw died, aged 62, on 14th January 1945. His funeral service took place at St James Church, Tredegar on 18th January 1945.