The band held its annual dinner in Cardiff on the weekend, where everyone enjoyed great food and entertainment, as well as the excitement of finding out who had won the various 2017 Awards.
Principal cornet Dewi Griffiths (above) was announced as ‘Player of the Year’ in recognition of his outstanding performances as a featured soloist, leader of the cornet section and his overall contribution to the band both on and off the concert and contest stage.
Runner-up was soprano player Ian Roberts, who once again showcased his playing talents when the spotlight was shone on him throughout the year.
The ‘Players Player of the Year’ accolade went to Ben Stratford in recognition not only of the solo baritone’s outstanding playing following his debut at the European Championships in Ostende, but also for the contribution he has made to the band’s Lottery Heritage Project and presentational and social media profile.
Meanwhile, the contributions of two stalwart players were heralded with the ‘Bandsman of the Year’ Award, which saw Andy Russell claim the trophy ahead of runner-up Steve Barnett.
Although MD Ian Porthouse was away in Switzerland, he still ensured that everyone knew his thoughts about the 2017 contest year and why the winners stood out for him.
“Dewi is the finest principal cornet I have ever worked with,” he said. “His performances in 2017 - from the RNCM Brass Band Festival (above) where he was an exceptional soloist to his leadership at all the major contests were simply outstanding. He is a remarkable player - one of the very best in the brass band world.”
He added: “Ian Roberts was also on stunning form - rounded off by a show-stopping contribution to our runner-up finish on ‘Gallery’ at the Royal Albert Hall. His playing adds an extra dimension to our performances.”
Dewi is the finest principal cornet I have ever worked with. His performances in 2017 - from the RNCM Brass Band Festival where he was an exceptional soloist to his leadership at all the major contests were simply outstanding. He is a remarkable player - one of the very best in the brass band world.
However, Ian reserved a special personal thank-you to the trio of Ben, Andy and Steve. “Ben has been a great signing - not just as a player but as someone who understands the Tredegar Band ethos and how we want to achieve it. He has opened up so many exciting possibilities for us in 2018 and beyond.
And I can’t thank Andy and Steve enough. Their commitment to the band is incredible - from Andy now moving from tuba to bass trombone to cornet and Steve being the perfect percussion organiser and ‘problem solver’ - from cameras to castanets! Both are players and people that make Tredegar Band so respected around the banding world.”