Porthywaen Silver Band is based five miles south of Oswestry just on the Shropshire side of the England/Wales border. The band was formed in 1934 following the formation of a quartet which played for a local choir.
From these modest beginnings, the band has grown both in numbers and musically. In 1964, the band took up residence in the current band hall after using various venues in the locality. The hall was built up by players and members of the community on land donated to the band. After significant lottery funding the hall has been brought up-to-date offering excellent rehearsal facilities.
The band is under the Musical Directorship of Mr Dougie Graham.
Highlights of the band’s work include playing in the national finals at the Royal Albert Hall, accompanying the King’s Troop musical ride, playing at the Menin Gate and appearing on BBC TV Songs of Praise. The band is self-supporting and plays at many concerts and parades supporting local and national charities.
Four CD’s have been produced; the first having sold out and the latest is entitled ‘Best Foot Forward’.