Band HistoryThe band was first formed in 1920 as the Tylorstown & District Silver Band and purchased it's first set of instruments in 1921. As this was not a colliery band, the members were not in 'reserved occupations' and most of them were called up to fight during the Second World War. This forced the disbandment of the band from 1942-1945.
From 1945 till the late 1950's, local musician Evan G. Daniels conducted the band. Evan was well known throughout brass band circles at the time, and had much success with the band.
Tylorstown & District Silver Band, 1952.
Unfortunately, by the time Ken Feltham had taken over the conducting duties in the early 1960's, various circumstances had forced the band to stop competing. Ken however, managed to turn this all around, and by 1969 the band was once again at the top of the Championship section.
1978 brought sponsorship from a local colliery, and the band changed its name to the Tylorstown & Mardy Colliery Band. This lead to the band's active involvement in the miner's strikes of the 1980's, during which time the band was seen on television news reports all over the world. This time had a devastating effect on both the band and it's community. By the time Mardy Colliery closed in 1985, the band had no conductor, no money and was in the Third section.
Tylorstown and Mardy Colliery Band leading the miners
of Mardy Colliery back to work after their year long strike.
Despite the odds, the players resolved to fight on. With the help of conductors such as Kerry Bowden (1987-1994), Ceri Thomas (1994-1996) and Laurence Harries (1997-1999), . In 1995 the band gained sponsorship from the Cardiff Railway Company and changed its name to the Tylorstown Band Valley Lines accordingly. In 2004 due to a reorganisation of the rail network Arriva Trains Wales took over the sponsorship hence a name change to Tylorstown Band Arriva Trains Wales. This sponsorship ended in March 2008.