Backworth Colliery Band

: 130th Durham Miners’ Gala. Picture: DAVID WOOD
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Celebrating 130 Years of Banding in the North-East of England.

Backworth Colliery Band is a busy and entertaining brass band based in North Tyneside near Newcastle-upon-Tyne. We have a proud history and (we hope) a very bright future! We perform at concerts, contests, civic events, weddings and parties in the North East and further afield.

The band plays many varied styles of music from traditional brass band music, dance and swing band, modern pop, classics and film music, as well as the best of modern original composition for the genre.

We are available for hire – from a full brass band to smaller ensembles.

We rehearse on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Backworth Social Club (see contacts) and welcome new players (see vacancies) and visitors.

Our junior and training band rehearse on a Friday evening and give opportunities to people of all ages and abilities to learn to play a brass instrument or percussion and develop their musical abilities.

Latest News Posts

  • Birthday girls - We’ve had the great privilege to play at 2 very special birthday celebrations recently. First was an 80th birthday party at Seghill Comrades Club on April 30th, and then on Saturday May 28th we played at a 90th birthday party at The Miners, Ashington. It is always uplifting to be part of these wonderful family … Read more Birthday girls
  • Whit Fridays 2016 - Our annual trip to the Whit Fridays was eagerly anticipated. We’d been fund raising to help with the costs, the coach and hotel were booked and we set off in good cheer at 12:00 noon on Friday May 20th. This year we had chosen to play Knight Templar by George Allen and our road march … Read more Whit Fridays 2016
  • Beamish Picnic in the Park - Durham County Brass Band Association held the first Picnic in the Park contest at Beamish Museum on Sunday May 15th, and we were there! On a fine day, the band gathered around a make-shift stage area outside the Band Room in the Pit Village. The format of a hymn and a march was borrowed from … Read more Beamish Picnic in the Park

Our Next Events

Date/Time Event
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Cancelled - Picnic in the Park (previously DLI) contest
East Durham College (Houghall), Durham City
6:30 am - 5:30 pm
Durham Miners Gala
Backworth Social Club, Backworth Tyne & Wear
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Private party
Grange House, Morpeth
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dalston Festival
St Michael’s Church, The Square, Dalston, Cumbria, CA5 7PJ, Dalston Cumbria