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Joseph Gwyer first appears in
January 1874 in a Monmouthshire Merlin newspaper report from Tredegar that
stated that ‘…the new brass band led by Mr Gwyer will play an overture and some
operatic selections’ at ‘Mr Caird’s Annual Concert’.
A little later in March 1875 it is reported that; ‘Tredegar brass band is now in a very efficient state. Under Mr Gwyer they are hard at work preparing for the Swansea competition meeting on Whit Monday’. It was hoped that the band would secure ‘fresh laurels for the first time in the Vale of Glamorgan’.
Joseph Gwyer was born in 1840 and
is later noted as being the Bandmaster of the 2nd Lincolnshire
He died, aged just 36, in 1876 and was buried on the 2nd March following a service at St George’s Church in Tredegar.
The aim of this Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) supported project is to provide an on-line multi-media resource that will celebrate and interpret the historical importance of the social, cultural and musical achievements of Tredegar Town Band over a time-line of the past 170 years – from the earliest reported origins in 1849 to date.