The band’s Musical Director is Nigel Seaman and it’s Resident Conductor is Dewi Griffiths
Nigel Seaman was born in Denbigh, North Wales and began his brass playing career with Rhyl Silver Band. He then studied at the Royal Manchester and Royal Northern Colleges of Music with Stuart Roebuck, the renowned teacher and performer, who was for many years the tuba player with the Halle Orchestra. After graduating Nigel moved to South Wales in 1975 to join the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera as Principal Tuba and two years later moved on to become Principal Tuba with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Nigel also maintains a busy teaching schedule and has been tutor of tuba and brass studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff since 1977. He has held a number of conducting appointments with all the top Welsh brass bands, including Cory, Parc and Dare and BTM and was Resident Conductor of Tredegar Town Band from 1994 to 97, arguably one of the band’s most successful periods. During 1998 Nigel was Resident Conductor of the Flowers (Cheltenham) Band, one of the top West of England bands.
In October 1999 he resumed his link with Tredegar Band, assisting them in their preparation for the National Brass Band Championships, where the band was awarded third prize. He is also much in demand as a freelance conductor and adjudicator and is currently working with a number of bands in Wales and the West of England. These include Professional Musical Directorships with the Markham Band and guest visits to Tredegar Town, Cwmaman, RAF St Athan, Penclawdd, Newport and Treherbert. Visits further afield have included Lydbrook, Bath Spa, Cheltenham, Swindon, Yeovil Town and Gloucester Youth Band.
Nigel’s first association with Parc & Dare goes back to the period between 1986 and 1989 in what was then regarded as something of a purple patch for the band. Out of 12 contest appearances, the band obtained podium placings on all but one occasion. This included six top prizes as well as a memorable 4th place at the 1988 European Contest in Lucerne. Nigel has worked with the band on a few occasions and is very excited at the prospect of returning to the band and embarking on a new chapter in its history, as well as renew a partnership with Dewi after the success they achieved with the City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Band.
Dewi Griffiths hails from Bethel, a small village in North Wales at the foot of Snowdon, and started to play the Cornet at the age of 7 with the Llanrug Silver Band, quickly rising through the ranks from youth band to Principal Cornet with the senior band. Dewi moved on to play Principal Cornet with the Menai Bridge band for a couple of years, before moving to Beaumaris Band where he held the position of Assistant Principal for 6 years. In 2004, he accepted the Assistant Principle position at the Yorkshire Building Society Brass Band, and held this for just over 2 years before finally moving back over the border down to South Wales, where he currently plays Principal Cornet with the Tredegar Town Band.
Dewi is currently considered to be one of the finest Principal Cornet Players of his generation, and to support this claim, he has won numerous “Best instrumentalist awards”, which include 4 at the Welsh Regional Championships in Swansea (2008, 2010, 2013, 2016), two in the Grand Shield contest held in Blackpool (2009 & 2010) and the “Best Soloist” award at the prestigious British Open Championships held in Birmingham (2013). Dewi has also been awarded the Harry Mortimer Best Principal Cornet Award at the Brass in Concert Competition at the Sage, Gateshead in 2011 and 2014.
Dewi started his conducting career back in 2010 where he was appointed Musical Director of the newly formed Melingriffith 2 Band, where they had a very successful 3-year partnership, during which the band won the National Chamionship of Great Britain (4th Section Finals) in 2011. Between 2010 and 2012, the band won 9 out 12 contests. Following this, Dewi briefly took the BTM band in 2013 before hanging up the baton to focus on his day-to-day teaching and commitments with Tredegar Town Band.
In 2016, Dewi was presented the opportunity to conduct the City of Cardiff (Melingriffith 1) Band, where he enjoyed a successful period of stability and contesting success. The partnership between himself and the band grew from strength to strength, and he enjoyed working alongside Nigel Seaman to bring the best out of the band.