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Aiming to provide an opportunity for players to improve and make music together in a friendly atmosphere.

Newport Borough Brass Band was formed in 1971 and was helped by the interest shown by several people including Newport Borough Council’s Music Adviser, Mr Ron Cleake. Although receiving only minimal support from bodies such as Newport Council, the band grew and developed over the following years.

The Band started in the contesting field in 1985 under the leadership of Mr Ivor Barnett, the then Musical Director, reaching the Second Section (having started in the fourth) in 1998. The high points were wins in the Welsh Area qualifying contest twice resulting in the Band representing Wales at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in London. Other successes included wins in several other contests in both England and Wales.

During 1997 and 1998 Newport Borough Brass Band became international performers, having played in France’s Falaise Cathedral. Like many town bands, Newport Borough Brass Band has rehearsed in different venues over the years including Beechwood House and Newport Central YMCA building, and later being relocated to St Michael’s Church Hall. The band became affiliated to Newport YMCA and when the new YMCA building was built on Mendalgief Road, Pillgwenlly, in 1997, a new purpose built bandroom, designed by the officers of the band, was incorporated in the building.

Since 1998, the band has had the services of several Musical Directors with varying degrees of success and in 2010 saw the return of Mr Ivor Barnett as Musical Director, the band having turned full circle.

On 12th November 2012, following the resignation of Mr Ivor Barnett, the band welcomed Mr Robin Hackett as Musical Director. Newport Band is a 1st Section contesting band, however we also enjoy performing concerts at a number of venues throughout the year.

The band prides itself on being friendly and forward looking, welcoming new players, nurturing youthful talent, and encouraging the promotion of young players from the Training Band into its ranks. Most recently, Graham Middleton was promoted from Principal Cornet of the Training Band, to 3rd Cornet of the main band, where he then made his contesting debut at the Welsh Regional Brass Band Championships, 2019.




Robin has played the trombone since the age of ten and has gained considerable playing experience since. He was a member of all of the National Youth Ensembles of Wales between 2001 and 2005, and a member of the inaugural National Youth Symphonic Brass Ensemble that played at the official opening of the Wales Millennium Centre. 

Robin has also played for many other bands, including Black Dyke and Cory. Robin's playing experience expands to performing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Robin has worked hard at developing the band and has seen great results with the band qualifying for the National Finals 3 times in the past 4 years, and being promoted from 4th Section to 1st Section in that time.


Principal Cornet - Robert Spencer

Solo Cornet - Bryony Evans

Solo Cornet - Kellie Webb

Solo Cornet - Vacancy

Soprano Cornet - Christine Barnett

Repiano Cornet - Vacancy

2nd Cornet - Emma Plumley

2nd Cornet - Graham Middleton

2nd Cornet - Marie Mapley

3rd Cornet - Vacancy
3rd Cornet - Hu Edwards


Solo Horn - Jenny Burns

1st Horn - Claudia Jenkins
2nd Horn - Bethan Moore

Flugel  Horn - Amy Hackett/Heather Giles


Solo Euphonium - Rachel Williams

Euphonium - Kim Shannon

1st Baritone - Lauren Jones

2nd Baritone - Rachel Kendall

2nd Baritone - Louise Moore


Principal Trombone - Michelle Bartlett
2nd Trombone -  Kerry Gwillym
Bass Trombone - Gareth Meredith


Principal Eb Bass - Patrick Miller

Eb Bass - Alex Sheffield


Principal Bb Bass - John Boulton

Bb Bass - Dafydd Parri


Principal Percussion - Vacancy
Percussion - Corey Meredith 
Percussion - Eddie


Chairman - Rachel Williams

Contest Secretary - Amy Hackett

Band Secretary - Michelle Bartlett 
Treasurer - Christine Barnett 

Band Manager - Jenny Burns

Other Members:

Heather Giles

Marie Mapley

Claudia Jenkins

Alex Sheffield

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