Basses

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Dave Howard
Principal Eb Bass

A fourth generation “brass bander”, Dave started playing cornet with Cwmbran Band In South Wales at the tender age of 6, progressing to become principal cornet and then solo euphonium. He also held the position of principal baritone in the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.  After leaving school he began working at the BBC and took a sabbatical from playing to spend more time with his young family. During this time he devised and ran the Welsh Brewers Brass Band Entertainment Contest, produced “Sounding Brass” and resurrected the “Radio Wales Brass Band of the Year Competition”.  When Dave’s children started playing, he took them to the “Radyr and Morganstown Brass Band” where he also started playing again and joined the committee.  While chairman of the band, he instigated the change of name to “City of Cardiff (Melingriffith)”, the formation of a second band (M2) and a youth band (M3). Dave’s keen interest in the history of the band, and the music of the band’s most famous conductor, T.J. Powell, led to him restoring many of the works the “Welsh Sousa” wrote for the band so they could be performed again. Dave has had a connection with TSB since 2015 (through his daugher Fiona) and has been a valuable Euphonium 'dep' on numerous occasions. Following a relocation to Towcester in 2021, Dave has now moved to the 'dark side' and is playing Eb Bass.

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Carolyn Stoneman
Eb Bass
 

Carolyn started playing cornet in Wolverton Town Band when she was 9 years old. She comes from a long family tradition of brass bands, with parents, grandparents and siblings all playing brass instruments. Her grandfather conducted Newport Pagnell Town Band in the 50's and 60's, so brass banding has always featured heavily in her life. She joined Brosely Brass (now MK Brass) in 1990, playing Tenor Horn, Baritone and most recently Euphonium. She helped out TSB at Christmas 2012, before becoming a regular member after the Area contest. In February 2017 Carolyn moved to the dark side just before the Area contest.

Ashley Lowe
Bb Bass
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Nicholas Tollervey
Bb Bass
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Ashley joined the band in 2008. He started his brass playing at the age of 9 under Adele Sellers (now Hudson) on euphonium. One day his mum dropped him off at school with a euphonium and when she picked him up she had to rearrange the car (90s Ford Fiesta) as he came out with a Eflat tuba as Adele Hudson wanted a tuba for her school band. He never looked back and continued lessons into secondary school and joined the brass band, concert band and jazz band until he left school in 2011. He continue playing with TSB until 2017 when he had 2 years off due to ill health and rejoined the band in November 2019 and helped on percussion for Butlins contest 2020 (he's definitely sticking to tuba) ask anyone about him and tubular bells it's a good laugh. He now is principal B-flat in the band and also second man down in the Caravan and Motorhome Club Concert Band. If you wanted to know or just even feel the weight of the tuba, find him at any gig and he will let you have a hold and see if you can reach the forth valve unlike his girlfriend Heather (see percussion)

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Brian Hearne
Bb Bass