HISTORY OF ROGERSTONE BRASS BAND
The Rogerstone Band was formed in 1948, initially as a wind band, but soon converted wholly to brass. Under its first conductors, Mr Tom Morgan and Mr Sam Roberts, the band maintained a steady progression from 4th section to 2nd section by the late 1960s. Following the untimely death of 'Sam', the baton passed to Mr Brian Buckley. Building on these strong foundations, 1970 saw the band achieve a record of twelve 1st and two 2nd prizes from fourteen local and national contests. The jewel in the crown being the title of 'Second Section Champion Band of Great Britain'. The following year, the band won the 1st section at the Welsh Area Championships, qualifying for its first appearance at the Royal Albert Hall and also gained 3rd place at the European Championships, held in Brussels.
Two further appearances were made in the first section if the National Championships, before a steady change in fortunes and personnel saw the band moving back to the 2nd section. In 1992 and 1993 the band again qualified to represent Wales at the National Championships, in London, and gained a short-lived promotion back to the 1st section.
In 2007 the band achieved charitable status, and since that time has redoubled its efforts in supporting both local and national charities.
In the latter part of 2015 the band again suffered a loss of personnel, which stopped the band participating in contests and concerts.
In 2017 the few remaining members decided to relaunch the organisation using a different approach and changed the name of the band to “The Rogerstone Community Band” The band are now a non- contesting organisation and the members are from past and present who enjoy the art of playing a brass instrument, but not necessarily enjoy participating in contests anymore. The aim of the band will be to perform in organised concerts throughout the year to support the infrastructure of the organisation and of course the local community of Rogerstone and beyond.
Membership of this new venture is open to all and may also include players who have the wish to continue to contest with other Brass band organisations, it is in the best interest of the Band to respect these wishes and to try and ensure that any planned concerts do not interfere with any upcoming contests.