Colin Harris

Colin Harris is in his third stint at Backworth Colliery Band. Colin joined the band in 1994, coming fresh into the Newcastle area to study music at the university. During his first time in the band, Colin played chiefly Eb Bass whilst assisting with the running of the band. After a short spell at Gateshead Brass in 2003 (formerly Northumbria Police Band), Colin rejoined the band to take the reigns as Musical Director in October 2004 and led the band through a very successful period, achieving such results as promotion to the 3rd section and 1st at the Durham League contest. Colin stepped down due to work and family commitments but has now been re-appointed as MD from August 2013.

Colin’s background colin_harrisis in brass banding – his father began his
musical education at the age of 9, playing cornet at Northenden
Silver Band, Manchester. After progressing onto Eb Bass, Colin
was fortunate to have Phil Goodwin of Black Dyke as his musical
tutor whilst at school. Combined with a first taste of contesting
with Sale Brass, Colin was well equipped to study music full time
at Newcastle University.

In nearly 20 years in the North East, Colin has played and conducted
many brass bands in the area and was M.D. of Ashington Colliery
Band for 18 months. Colin has also played for several local orchestras
and wind bands.

Colin’s main instrument is Eb Bass – however he has played percussion,
BBb Bass, Trombone and Euphonium to most levels of banding.

He is also a keen composer and arranger of brass band music, including his best piece to date “An Emerald Fantasy”, published by Kirklees Music.

Colin’s personal website can be found at


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