After a remarkable fifteen years as Musical Director of the Usk Brass Band, Jeff Jones has decided to step down from his position.
During his tenure, the band have achieved remarkable accomplishments including two CD recordings, countless brilliant concerts in the community, two tours to Germany and moved into their very own band room. Out of all the band’s exploits under Jeff, the most notable has to have been the decision made in 2012 to start contesting again.
When Jeff first took the band, the future looked bleak. However, after much success entering contests for ‘unregistered bands’, Jeff wanted the band to register. In both forms of contesting, Jeff has managed to achieve over thirty podium finishes with the band most notably winning the National Championships of Great Britain 4th section in 2015.
The band that took the stage on that day was largely made up of players who have been mentored through the youth system by Jeff alongside his wife, Lea. The band is eternally grateful for the wonderful memories and experiences they’ve shared with Jeff at the helm and wishes to thank him publicly for such a long and dedicated service to the organisation.
The band are very excited to announce that Jeff won’t be leaving the band altogether. He has filled the vacant flugelhorn seat and becomes an extremely valuable addition to the band’s horn section.
The band has moved quickly to appoint Jeff’s successor, which comes in the form of his son, Jamie.
Jamie is certainly no stranger to the band as he has played solo euphonium throughout the whole of Jeff’s tenure winning several soloist prizes along the way.
Jamie’s conducting debut with the band was the Welsh Regional Championships; the band competed in the 3rd Section and were awarded second place, receiving a highly sought after invitation to represent Wales at the National Finals of Great Britain for the second time. Jamie has had very successful spells conducting bands locally and was understandably delighted with the chance to succeed his father:
‘It is a very strange feeling to swap playing in this band to leading it. I’ve learnt a great deal from my Dad and look forward to continuing his unbelievable work. As an Usk resident, it makes me extremely proud to be named MD. Having successfully dusted off the baton, I can now look forward to taking the band to the National Finals in Cheltenham along with other exciting projects in the local community’