Getting noticed and written about by the national media isn't too much of a problem for Tredegar Band...
Getting the national media to be interested in what brass bands do is always an ongoing problem – although not for Tredegar Band its seems.
With its reputation for innovation and a proactive approach to ensuring its connects regularly with a wide variety of media sources, the band has managed to gain regular features in some of the most important national newspapers and magazines as well as high profile television and radio outlets.
In the past it’s seen articles in The Times and the BBC 10 o’clock news about its involvement in the ‘Dark Arteries’ contemporary ballet production and the film ‘Pride’.
This week Vice-President Iwan Fox contributed to an article on the provision of music teaching in schools and local communities in The Economist magazine, and was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales about the band’s forthcoming visit to perform in the Speaker of the House of Commons, House chambers in the Houses of Parliament as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the NHS.
Tredegar isn’t alone in doing great things as a brass band, but I think we are one of the very best in making sure the general public knows about it
He said: “The Economist article highlighted how music provision in the UK has been changed by the cuts in music educating budgets and how that has affected brass bands, whilst the Radio Wales interview came from the band being proactive in highlighting our unique appearance in the heart of Parliament in July as part of the Aneurin Bevan/NHS celebrations.
Tredegar isn’t alone in doing great things as a brass band, but I think we are one of the very best in making sure the general public knows about it.”