Aberystwyth say goodbye

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by matthewruel, May 31, 2008.

  1. matthewruel

    matthewruel New Member

    It is always a sad time of year for the band when it has to say goodbye to one of its members who leaves upon having completed his studies at Aberystwyth University. The band previously announced the departure of its Eb Bass player, David Holmes just before Easter and on the 24th of May the band wished a fond farewell to two further members, Graham Brand, Solo Tenor Horn and Richard White, Percussion at its Annual Band Dinner.

    Graham Brand has been a loyal member to the band throughout his tenure, previously having played for Llay Welfare Band. After completing his Bachelors degree in Biochemistry he is returning home to Wrexham. In addition, the band also said goodbye to Richard White, Percussionist who has completed his Bachelors degree in Biology and likewise is returning home to Gloucester.

    Although Richard has only been a member of the band for just over a year, this last year for the Band has undoubtedly been one of the busiest in its history, having recorded a CD entitled "Aberystwyth" and performing at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, whilst fulfilling the band's prominent role in Aberystwyth ceremonial events.

    Chairman, Peter Henley and Vice Chairman, John Davies presented Graham a tankard and Richard a signed copy of Peter's book entitled "Aber Prom" which is full of illustrations and explores the history of music locally (featuring of course the Brass Band) and its links with entertainment on the promenade from its inception 200 years ago.

    Both Graham and Richard received a framed certificate awarding them both the distinction of honorary member in appreciation and recognition of services to the band.

    There will be many students in the brass band world this summer making decisions with regard to which University to study at. Aberystwyth Silver Band invites anyone considering Aberystwyth University as a potential choice to get in contact with us, the Band has a Student Representative who is happy to answer any questions that you may have, and ALL student players are more than welcome to join.

    For more information about the Band visit www.aberystwythsilverband.co.uk
  2. trianglegirl

    trianglegirl New Member

    I'm sure they will be both be missed at Aber, but its a bonus for us Wrexhamites to have the fabulous Graham back home. Hooray!