Musical Director
A brief history about our Musical Director, Rhys Owens.

Rhys began playing the trumpet at the age of 7 and soon joined his local brass band, Milford Haven Town Band on 3rd Cornet. He progressed through the band until the age of 17, playing Solo Cornet, Soprano Cornet and on occasions began conducting the band. During these years, Rhys also performed with many youth organisations at school, county, regional and national level culminating in him receiving a place to study Trumpet at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2005. During his time at Birmingham, Rhys performed with all the Conservatoire ensembles including the Big band, Jazz Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and the Brass band with whom he held the Flugel and Soprano seats. During this time playing with the band, Rhys was fortunate enough to be under the baton of Ian Porthouse who gave Rhys the opportunity to conduct the band on several occasions during rehearsals. Outside of Conservatoire, Rhys was active as a freelance musician, playing with many ensembles ranging from symphony orchestras to a bhangra band, Bombay Baja, with whom he toured extensively.

Since leaving Birmingham and moving to Banbury, Rhys has taken a position playing with Brackley and District Brass band, playing both Soprano and Solo Cornet. Rhys is also a peripatetic brass teacher for the Oxfordshire County Music Service, a position he thoroughly enjoys, giving him the opportunity to work with musicians of all standards, ranging from beginners through to coaching the brass section of the counties award winning orchestra, OCYO.

Rhys is looking forward to working with the Witney Town Band and is hoping to continue the recent successes the band have had contesting whilst also delivering a fun and diverse concert programme.

Posted & updated by Webmaster, August, 2014