Lydney Training Band recently hosted their annual Brass & Percussion Workshop led by Tredegar MD Ian Porthouse and tutors from the Welsh champion.
Ian was joined by Leanne Porthouse (back row cornets), Ross Dunne (horns) and Steve Barnet (percussion) plus Thomas Dunne from Filton Brass who covered the lower brass team.
The 48 strong band comprised players from seven local Gloucestershire bands plus one who had made the trip up from Cornwall.
With an age range from 7 to 80 years and a range of experience from 7 weeks to 70 years plus, there was plenty of enjoy in the music that covered everything from 'March of the Brave' and 'Lord Bless You and Keep You' to 'Little Hymn' by Simon Dobson and Malcolm Arnold's 'Little Suite for Brass'.
With plenty of playing tips and tuition the groups were divided into different experience levels, with a starter group under the direction of Kerry Ford BMus getting all the important playing foundations in place.
The rest of the day consisted of main band sessions plus sectional sessions under the direction of the team of tutors.
It was a wonderful event, superbly organised. The starters did brilliantly well and it was a real delight to be able to present Dave with his deserved certificateIan Porthouse
The event closed with a mini concert to an audience of family members with the starter group gaining great applause for their efforts.
The main band also showcased their progress under Ian Porthouse, who was also delighted to present Dave Wintle with a certificate from the Gloucestershire Brass Band Association commemorating his fantastic 70 year playing career.
Ian told 4BR: "It was a wonderful event, superbly organised. The starters did brilliantly well and it was a real delight to be able to present Dave with his deserved certificate.
He is the type of bandsman that our movement is built on and I'm sure he also inspired the next generations to follow in his steps."