Lea scoops big award

USK Youth Brass Band picked up two awards at the Greater Gwent Youth Brass Band Festival.

The band’s conductor, Lea Jones, 49, was awarded the Con Buckley Memorial Award, an award which has previously gone to her husband, and Usk band conductor Jeff Jones, 49, who won the award in 2007.

This marked the first occasion a husband and wife duo have won the award, which is presented to a conductor who has been heavily involved in getting youngsters interested in playing and building relationships with people in their community.

The band also picked up an award for ‘highest placed Gwent band’ at the festival, held at Coleg Gwent’s Cross Keys campus.

Mrs Jones, who started playing when she was ten, said: “It was really nice to be rewarded for all the work we do.”

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