TWO sections of a band are gearing up for the finals of two competitions.
Northop Silver Band is to take part in a contest aiming to find the best band in Wales.
Feeder band, Northop Brass, is also celebrating success after reaching the final of the National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain.
The silver band is in with a chance of winning £10,000 if it wins Band Cymru 2014. It will be held at the Park and Dare Theatre in Treorchy on April 12 and 13.
Hefin Owen, Band Cymru 2014 organiser, said: “We are delighted to be producing this new and exciting competition for S4C.
“Band Cymru certainly pays homage to Wales’ great Brass Band tradition but adds a new twist with the introduction of Jazz Bands and Wind Bands to the competition.”
Northop Silver Band is one of 12 bands, whittled down from more than 50 entries, to be taking part in the finals. Members of the public can attend for free.
Northop Brass, which has been playing for less than a year, made it through to the fourth section final of the National Brass Band Championship in Cheltenham, on Saturday, September 20, after winning the Wales regional final earlier this month.
It beat 11 other bands and was the only band with under 16s making up more than half of the members.
Sara Thelwell, a member of Northop Brass, said: “It was our first contest and we won it which we were a bit surprised about – the majority of our members are children. At the moment we are very much on a high because we did so well, it is difficult getting to the latter stage.
“It is a great opportunity for anyone who might have stopped playing but wants to start again to get involved.”
The band was put together to provide younger people too old for the Northop Youth Band with an outlet to play, and to provide a feeder for the silver band.