Happy Birthday Dear Lifeboats...
Were you walking along the beach front at Aberavon during the long weekend? If you did you may have enjoyed the music being played by the Tata Steel Brass Band.  We were there taking part in the 50 year anniversary celebrations of the Port Talbot RNLI Station. We were there to join the celebrations of the station management and crew, playing a variety of tunes, including Westward Ho, The Final Countdown, Celebration and even one piece from The Little Mermaid.

Carols at Christmas
Now, I'm not trying to wish your lives away but we will soon be in the run up to Christmas - the busiest time of the year for the Tata Steel Brass Band. We would really appreciate your support so come along and listen to us, and maybe even sing along, at:

  • 4th December 18:30 at Neath Port Talbot Hospital
  • 6th December 18:30 at the Lighting of the Lights at Pendoylan
  • 7th December 12:00 at Christmas @ Aberavon RFC at Aberavon Wizards Rugby ground in Port Talbot
  • 14th December 11:00 at Port Talbot Morrisons
  • 18th December 18:30 at Neath Port Talbot Hospital
  • 21st December 10:00 at Aberavon Shopping Centre

Calling All Trumpeters
When you are out and about this summer keep your eyes and ears open for the sight or sound of TATA Steel Brass Band tootling away. In recent weeks we have played at Bryn during the Beast of Bryn event and also at the Aberafon Beach Festival – wasn’t that a beautiful hot and sunny day! We have even had people travel all the way from the North of Scotland to support us. Okay, so it was our Baritone Player’s Mum and Dad but they did come to listen to us.

Our final summer outing will be on the 31st August at the RNLI station at Aberafon Beach – if the weather stays summery!!  But don’t worry, we have already starting planning our carol concerts for Christmas!!
We would encourage anybody interested to contact us with a view to joining the band. You would be made very welcome, whatever your ability – we would even give you “on the job” tuition. And you do not even have to be employed by TATA Steel – sons, daughters, friends, etc are all welcome.


AGM 2013
As part of its ongoing and extensive rebuilding programme, TATA Brass Band [Port Talbot] last night held its Annual General Meeting and unanimously adopted an entirely new constitution. 
The full text of the new constitution is here but the main and most exciting change is that the band committee has been abolished and that the band will be run by the all its members. 
The band will be administered by the the newly appointed Band Manager, Secretary and Treasurer who will report back to full meetings of the band.
The new management team are Mark Turner (Band Manager), Stephanie Houghton (Secretary) and Chris Painter (Treasurer).
This represents a fresh start for TATA and the rebuilding process can now begin in earnest.

TATA say "au revoir" but definitely not goodbye

Following careful consideration, TATA Brass Band have made the decision to withdraw from the forthcoming Welsh Area Championship in Swansea and from contesting in general for the foreseeable future. 

Whilst the band has put a great amount of work into preparing "Hollywood" for Swansea and could have attended the contest, it was felt that this might be putting too much pressure on the young developing players in the band and the decision to withdraw has been taken in the long term interest of the band. 

The band now has a growing number of youth members and we want not only to allow them to develop as players but also to let them discover the joy of banding without the pressure of competition. 

The band has made every effort to attend contests in the past few years and the focus on attending contests sometimes overshadowed the bands activities in other areas. TATA are now going to take time to completely re-evaluate its aims and, more importantly, to focus on its work within the local community and to build its concert and charity programme. 

TATA has a proud tradition through its 57 year history of producing players who have gone on to play with the best bands in the country and we see the re-establishing of our junior band with the provision of free tuition and instruments as the way to guarantee our future.

The members of TATA are determined to modernise and rebuild the band and to return to the contest arena as soon as is practicable. Furthermore, we look forward to, and are already planning, the celebration of our sixtieth anniversary in 2017. 

A Merry Banding Christmas!!
Some time ago I told you about the activities of the Tata Steel Brass Band and invited anybody interested to join. Since then we have taken part in a competition in Fishguard (where we took third place) and in Blaenavon (unfortunately we did not do so well there).
The busy run-up to Christmas has already started – with a concert at Pendoylan on the 30th of November. The mulled wine and mince pies were greatly appreciated.
Please support us at our next venues:
  • 5th December in the foyer at Port Talbot Hospital ( ~7pm )
  • 8th December at Aberavon Shopping Centre  (~ 12 noon)
  • 11th December at Bryn (evening)
  • 12th December in the foyer at Port Talbot Hospital (~7pm)
Also, when you are doing your grocery shopping you may hear the melodic sounds of Tata Steel Brass Band at Baglan Morrisons ( 15th/16th and 22nd /23rd December).

Band Ambition
Were you at the Aberavon Beach Festival in July? Did you listen to the music and wish that you could have been taking part – the musicians were the ones provided with seats!!
Well I was there. Playing in the Tata Steel Brass Band. It’s great fun – why don’t you join? We have instruments for loan – or perhaps you already have a cornet gathering dust in the attic – and can provide some “on-the-job” tuition. To complete our line-up we are looking for a front row cornet player, bass trombonist and percussionists. All other instruments and abilities are also welcome!

We are in the 3rd Section both locally and nationally but are ambitious and have a full schedule of contests and concerts lined up for the rest of the year, starting with a contest in the Porthcawl Pavilion on September 15th. So even if you can’t play an instrument, why not come along and listen!

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