Remembrance Parade

The band was busy as usual for Remembrance Sunday this year.  Several members were playing the last post either on Remembrance Day or on the Sunday for services around the county. As always it was a honour for the band to lead the parade from the Town Library to the War Memorial for the silence […]

The Bandroom – A History 1926 – 2016 Chapter 8 Visitors from Ireland

In 1985 the Middleton Band near Cork in Ireland visited the town for a musical weekend. Photos show members of both Aberystwyth and Middleton band outside the bandroom in 1985

The Bandroom – A History (1926-2016) – Chapter 7 Rehearsals and Learners at the Bandroom

Learner classes became established by the band in the 1970s before the introduction of school brass tuition. They began under the leadership of Bandmasters Bill Dickie and Hywel Jones and continued under John R. Davies. The classes were a great success with several of the young players later becoming professional musicians. Photos show learner classes […]

Royal British Legion 2016 Festival of Remembrance Concert

The Royal British Legion 2016 Festival of Remembrance concert will take place on Thursday 3rd November at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, starting at 7.30pm Once again, we are thrilled to be contributing to this annual concert and service of memorial. Please come along and support this worthy cause if you can.

The Bandroom – A History (1926-2016) – Chapter 6 1960 Christmas Party

Following the welcome addition of a new kitchen, a Christmas Party was held in the Bandroom. During the 1960 Band Christmas party and twins Donald and David Warrington and Don’s wife Gwen are seen in the new kitchen   By Peter Henley

The Bandroom – A History (1926-2016) – Chapter 5 Aberystwyth British Legion Band 1950s

The town band was entitled ‘The Aberystwyth British Legion Band’ after WWII until 1956, their members proudly wearing their pseudo-military style blue uniform and cap. A junior size uniform was also provided for young players. The photos show a young band member, Ivor Pemberthy, wearing one of the junior uniforms c.1954 and Jack Marsden G […]

The Bandroom – A History (1926-2016) – Chapter 4 Railway Neighbours 1960 – 1980

The Vale of Rheidol railway, although fenced off, ran in front of the bandroom from 1926 until Easter 1968. The band players had to access the bandroom along a path which led from Park Avenue alongside the main cattle market building.   In the photograph below we can see passengers and crew boarding a train that’s […]

The Bandroom – A History (1926-2016) – Chapter 3 Bandroom Improvements 1950s

During the 1950s a cattle market was built next to the band hall entrance. During that decade several of the players took it on themselves to carry out improvements to the bandroom by building an entrance hall, a small toilet to the side and fit new steel framed windows that still survive today. New drainage […]

The Bandroom – A History (1926 – 2016) – Chapter 2 1939 – 1945

By the start of the Second World War in 1939, many public buildings were requisitioned for the war effort. The band was disbanded and the instruments were stored under a tarpaulin in the town council yard behind the gas office, an area now being developed as the latest retail park in Park Avenue. The bandroom […]

New Players Welcome

It’s that time of year again where Aberystwyth is buzzing with activity as students – new and old – return for the start of the academic year.  As always students are very welcome to come along and join the band – just come along to the Tuesday night rehearsals – 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the Bandroom (Matalan carpark)