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

  • Burradon Banner unveiling -     A small band played at Burradon Community Primary School as part of the official unveiling of the restored Burradon and Weetslade Colliery banner, now hanging in the School Hall. Kath Smith, from Remembering the Past, Resourcing the Future, led the proceedings both during the special school assembly in the morning and at the … Read more Burradon Banner unveiling
  • A busy summer - As always the band kept busy over the summer. We have played at a 60th birthday party in Morpeth (Jul 30th), made our annual trip to the Dalston Festival in Cumbria (Aug 11th), played at Tanfield Railway as part of their Tanfield Live weekend (Aug 14th), Beamish Museum (Aug 27th) and the Blyth Tall Ships … Read more A busy summer
  • Durham Miners Gala - Our annual outing to the Durham Miners Gala is one of the highlights of the year, if not the highlight! It’s such a marvellous celebration of the North East’s mining heritage with the banners and bands, speeches, fun fair, stalls from political, trade union, campaigning and community groups.    This year we were looking forward … Read more Durham Miners Gala

Our Next Events

Date/Time Event
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Northumberland Park Bandstand
Northumberland Park, North Shields. NE30 2HA, North Shields
7:30 pm - 10:15 pm
Cancelled - Stonehaugh Ocktoberfest
Village Hall, Stonehaugh, Northumberland NE48 3DZ, Stonehaugh
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Backworth Ocktoberfest
Backworth Social Club, Backworth Tyne & Wear
All Day
Private wedding
Backworth Social Club, Backworth Tyne & Wear