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Saturday 3 April, 2021

As it prepares for a green light to signal a return to action, Tredegar Town Band has unveiled some changes to its playing personnel.

The Welsh Regional champion’s flugel player Danny Winder has stepped down, with bumper-up Will Norman moving to take up the role with immediate effect.

Wilson Taylor has moved from the back row to replace him, with former Foresters Brass cornet player Ethan Hall joining the back-row cornet team.

Commenting on the changes, musical director Ian Porthouse said: “Danny has been a unique source of musical inspiration for the band who will be sorely missed. “However, he will not be lost to us and will be the best 'sub' any band can ask for. We are sure his new venture will be a huge success and we all wish him the best.”

Ian continued: “Will is the perfect fit for the flugel seat, a player who combines superb technique and wonderful sound, while Wilson has been a great team player since his return to us and I know will add further strength to the front row.

“It's also great to welcome Ethan to the band — a local lad who has made great progress with his studies and playing at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.”

Ian added: “We are closely following the advice given by the Welsh government and there are exciting recording projects and artistic initiatives we are working on as we look to the autumn major events in particular.”