Rhys started learning the trumpet in 1995 at the age of 7 whilst at school. In 2001, aged 14, he passed his Grade 8 examination with a merit award. Since then he has performed both as a soloist as well as with a variety of musical groups, show bands and orchestras. Below are some details about the groups Rhys is currently involved in. For more information on any of the groups, please get in touch using the details on the contact page.
Formed by Rhys in 2006, this ten piece jazz ensemble has gone from strength to strength. With regular appearances at Cardiff jazz venues including Cafe Jazz and Dempsey’s, the band has also performed in a variety of venues across South Wales including the Wales Millennium Centre, the Millennium Stadium and Dyffryn Gardens as well as further afield including Hereford, Chester, Sheffield and Dumfries where they were the resident band at the Drumlanrig Castle “All That Jazz” weekend in 2009. Originally formed entirely of Cardiff University students, the band is now a mixture of former students along with current students from both Cardiff University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. The band performs a mixture of swing, latin, blues and big band numbers that will be enjoyed by everyone.
Formed by Rhys in 2008, this traditional brass quintet performs many styles of music including classical, jazz and traditional brass quintet repertoire. The group is available for hire and suitable for any occasion.
The City of Cardiff Concert Band
A community concert band based in the capital city of Wales. Formed primarily of students from Cardiff University, this band performs a wide range of music including music specially written for wind band (Gaelforce), traditional marches (Men of Harlech) and show music (Les Miserables). Rhys is the principal trumpet and occasionally conducts the band too.
Black Hawk Big Band
A full 20 piece big band based in Pontypridd. Led by Owain Mealing, this band plays a mixture of traditional big band classics and more modern numbers.
KT & The Funtime Band
A 7 piece soul & blues covers band performing numbers such as Let Me Entertain You, Mustang Sally and Soul Man.