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BurryTalk ; This new column by Graham Davies will comment on the variety of life in Burry Port. We hope it will interest you, give you a chuckle...

July 10, 2013


BurryTalk ; This new column by Graham Davies will comment on the variety of life in Burry Port. We hope it will interest you, give you a chuckle sometimes and perhaps even get you hot under the collar.

ANY musician who regularly plays a B or E flat instrument, who gives himself or herself a migraine transposing to all the other keys we know so well, and constantly sits in a pool of spit must be a hero.

There was a large group of heroes in the Memorial Hall last week as the Burry Port Town Band thrilled the audience with their musical skills and extensive repertoire.

Their presentation of classical music and family favourites, with songs from the shows and film, and some outstanding solos, was a superb feast of entertainment.

The back seats went first, of course, with the experienced concert-goers knowing how to avoid airborne pockets of saliva.

There is something about brass which resonates with industrialisation and community solidarity. The cynical saw the brass band as a distraction from other radical organisation; the worker saw it as a matter of social pride; and the wag as a kind of wind-driven, manually operated, pitch approximator. Of course I never laugh at the usual jokes about the difference between first and second cornet being about two bars, bizarre factory whistles blown to help people appreciate the flute, what a law suit and a trombone have in common (everyone is happy when the case is closed) or the best way to confuse a drummer (put a piece of music in front of him?).

However, I do appreciate musical quality when I hear it, and this band oozes it.

We should be proud of the product of hours of tuition, practice and commitment which has resulted in a championship band with 10 prize-winning performances in the last two years.

Just as exciting is the growth of the junior group and youth band, which ensures a promising future for brass in the community.

The band is looking for new learners and also for patrons.

For patrons there are three possible packages -- bronze, silver and gold -- offering a range of privileges, with the gold ensuring saliva free areas in the concert halls.

Contact Graham Howe, the band chairman, for more details (, but don't mention the one about the beautiful woman on the tenor horn's arm (tattoo?).

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