The Committee

1. Chairman                                                                                                                Adrian Jones - Chairman

1. Chairman Adrian Jones

2. Vice Chairman – Alan Metcalfe - Vice Chairman and Engagement Secretary

2. Vice Chairman – Alan Metcalfe

Alan joined Porthywaen Youth Band on Bass Trombone in April 1983 under the baton of Mr John Pugh and Mr Vernon Carter, in 1985 Alan joined Porthywaen Senior Band under the baton of Mr Simon Pugh. Alan moved onto Solo Trombone in the early nineties under the baton of Mr Steve Pritchard Jones, and held the role of Press Secretary on the committee for seven years. In 2001 Alan left Porthywaen Band, returning again in 2008 and he has been Engagement Secretary for two and half years and recently also took on the role of Vice-chairman of the band.

3. Treasurer – Dirk Comerford - Treasurer

3. Treasurer – Dirk Comerford

Dirk started playing the cornet in 1974 at age 7 with Gomersal Mills Junior Band in West Yorkshire.  This later became Spen Valley Brass where he played until the age of 18. He also played in concert and brass bands through the local music service.  In addition, Dirk spent some time playing with a very successful American Style Marching Band, (perhaps not the height of music endeavour, but a great source of fun and discipline).

When Dirk left home to study in the North East his good intentions to join a band soon went by the wayside and it wasn’t until 10 years later, when he settled in Shropshire, that he picked up the cornet again.  He started playing with Sabrina Brass in Shrewsbury and then joined Porthywaen as Dirk wanted to have the chance to compete. Dirk has mainly played cornet but had two spells on baritone and one short lived moment on the Eb horn! He is Band treasurer, acting instrument steward and also helps the new starters get going.

His sons both play in the Senior Band having worked their way up from Beginners’ Band as has he wife who started to play the Trombone when one of his sons took up the cornet. This required Dirk to learn the dark art of the trombone before he could help her learn to play it! Dirk says “It’s great being a ‘brass family’ and we love to play together especially at Christmas”.

4. General Secretary – Dave Arden - General Secretary

4. General Secretary – Dave Arden

Dave has been in the Band for 34 years and in that time has played Euphonium, Tenor Horn and E-Flat bass, as well as bass drum on parades and various percussion instruments in contests. In the 1970s Dave took a Beginners’ group every Friday and continues to help out at concerts and parades with the Youth & Training Band. Dave has also been Band Hall Steward for several years.

5. Engagement Secretary  – Alan Metcalfe - Engagement Secretary

5. Engagement Secretary – Alan Metcalfe

6. Contest Secretary – Babs Humphreys - Contest Secretary

6. Contest Secretary – Babs Humphreys

After bringing her four children to band for 6 years, Babs decided that she would like to learn (and still is!) how to play an instrument, as it was always something she would have loved to have done as a child but never had the opportunity. After many enjoyable years within the band, Babs has just done a fantastic job for the last 12 months of being chairperson for the band and has now taken on the role of Contest Secretary.
7. Band Co-Ordinator – Sue Sharp - Child Protection Officer

7. Band Co-Ordinator – Sue Sharp

Sue currently plays 1st Baritone in the Senior Band and began playing in the Beginners’ Band as a mature player in 1988, joining her husband and two sons who were already members.

Sue has held posts of both Secretary and Engagement Secretary in the past and is currently the Child Protection Officer and Band co-ordinator. Sue enjoys all kinds of music. Her eldest son has just been promoted to Warrant Officer Bandmaster with Royal Marines Band Service and Sue attends Royal Marine concerts whenever she can.

8. Child Protection Officer – Carol Jones - Child Protection Officer

8. Child Protection Officer – Carol Jones

Band Hall Steward – Garry McCulloch - Band Hall Steward

Band Hall Steward – Garry McCulloch

Instrument Steward – Mike Williams - Instrument Steward

Instrument Steward – Mike Williams

Librarian – Alison Arrowsmith - Librarian

Librarian – Alison Arrowsmith

Publicity Manager – Jo McCulloch - Publicity Manager

Publicity Manager – Jo McCulloch

Senior Band Representative – Ken Evans - Senior Band Representative

Senior Band Representative – Ken Evans

Uniform Steward – Jane Carpenter - Uniform Steward

Uniform Steward – Jane Carpenter

Jane started playing in 1985 in the Beginners’ Band which had rehearsals in the room above the pub! Jane then joined the Youth Band 6 months later and Senior Band 18 months after that.  Jane is currently playing Cornet in the Senior Band and received Bandperson of the Year Award in 1992.  She has held posts of Band Co-ordinator and Supporters Club Secretary in the past and at present has the post of Uniform Steward.

Jane’s daughter who is 9 years old plays Cornet in the Beginners’ Band at the moment and is enjoying playing.

Youth Band Representative – Becki Johnson - Youth Band Representative

Youth Band Representative – Becki Johnson