The Band

The band has many members from different backgrounds and age groups. We welcome enquiries from any brass or percussion players who would be interested in joining a brass band. There is more information in our vacancies section.


Members of Backworth Colliery Band
Musical Director Calum Hartwell
Deputy Conductor Gillian McMillan
Principal Cornet Matthew Murdoch
Solo Cornets Catherine McKenzie
Stuart Hook
Trevor Gay
Soprano Cornet Teresa Campbell
Repiano Cornet Paul Kemp
2nd Cornets Ben Laws
Penny Walters
Nikita Gilbert-Ovens
3rd Cornets Fiona Sillence
Amelie Sillence
Flugel Horn Leah McMillan
Solo Horn Julie Lymath
1st Horn Alison Lockhart
2nd Horn Vacancy
1st Baritone Aubrey Crowe
2nd Baritone Vacancy
Principal Euphonium Michael McKenzie
Euphonium Karen Snaith
1st Trombone Ben Dovinson
2nd Trombone Amy Murdoch
Ainsley Sillence
Bass Trombone Anthony Beard
Eb Bass Adrian McMillan
Neil Sillence
BBb Bass Peter Barker
Percussion (kit) Gerry
Percussion (tuned) Gillian McMillan

Senior Band Committee

The band is run on a voluntary basis, here is a list of the current committee members


Committee of Backworth Colliery Band
Chair Ainsley Sillence
Secretary Adrian McMillan
Treasurer Alison Lockhart
Band Manager Fiona Sillence
Contest Secretary Penny Walters
Librarian Catherine McKenzie and Karen Snaith
Safeguarding and Welfare Vacancy
Property Manager Gillian McMillan
Publicity and Media Adrian
Training Band Liaison Catherine McKenzie
Committee Member Ben Dovinson