The bandstand, in the park of Pontypool, was built in the memory of Sidney Tudor Roderick (1868 – 1929). It was opened officially on Thursday, 30th July 1931, by Mr. Arthur James, J. P. C. C., Honorary Local Fuel Overseer, Pontypool.
Attached to the base of the bandstand, a brass plaque records that:-
THIS BANDSTAND WAS ERECTED BY
PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION TO THE MEMORY OF
SIDNEY TUDOR RODERICK
IN RECOGNITION OF HIS LONG SERVICES
TO MUSIC IN PONTYPOOL AS COMPOSER,
CONDUCTOR AND ORGANISER.
A. D. MDCCCCXXXI.
Sidney Roderick led the Pontypool Military Band as conductor for more than forty years. Regarded as the town’s greatest musician and composer, his work was admired beyond Pontypool.
This restored photograph, taken during the early 1900s, shows the forty-plus members of the Battalion Band with their leader, Sidney Roderick, fifth from the right in the centre of the picture.