History of Carmarthen Symphonic Wind Band
The band, formed in 1996, was the brainchild of local Town Councillor Peter Hughes Griffiths who is now the band’s president. His vision was to have a band that would involve musicians young and old, enhance the musical and cultural identity of the town and also support civic and charitable events.
Under the current Musical Director Chris Potter, the band has some 50 members ranging in age from early teens to early eighties many of whom have been with the band for several years. They travel from a wide geographical area including Fishguard, Cardigan and Llanelli and their commitment is demonstrated by the fact that they travel to rehearsals every Sunday evening at the University of Trinity St Davids in Carmarthen. As a community based band they play for their own enjoyment but they also thrive on challenges of performing at more formal concerts and events. As befitting a band comprising of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments their repertoire is wide and varied consisting of classical pieces through to music from the shows, film themes, military marches and popular music.
The band and the Town Council have a strong working relationship and support each other at many civic and less formal events, something that is particularly evident around Christmas.
The band has played at many local concerts and charitable events since it’s inception and as also completed numerous tours of Ireland as part of it’s fund raising for good causes.
The band Is always seeking new playing members, and any wind or brass musician, aged 14 or over is welcome. The band also welcomes non-playing supporters, and if anyone is interested, please contact any playing member of the band or;
Chairman Selwyn Thomas 01267 236137,
Secretary Viv Potter 07970 101208,
Treasurer Nigel Cooke 07525 439362.