The Band's History:
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 contesting band (at present Second Section, with promotion to First Section from January 2020), 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.
Musical Director - Robin Hackett:
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 - Seamus Gallagher
Solo Cornet - Brian Milligan
Solo Cornet - Bryony Evans
Solo Cornet - Marie Mapley
Soprano Cornet - Christine Barnett
Repiano Cornet - Wyn Howells
2nd Cornet - Emma Larkins
2nd Cornet - Richard Johnson
3rd Cornet - Graham Middleton
3rd Cornet - Hu Edwards
Solo Horn - Jenny Burns
1st Horn - Hayley Giles
2nd Horn - Terri Blake
Flugel Horn - Amy Hackett
Baritone & Euphonium:
Euphonium - Kim Shannon
1st Baritone - Rachel Williams
2nd Baritone - Louise Moore
Principal Trombone - Michelle Bartlett
2nd Trombone - Clive Giles
Bass Trombone - Paul Baldwin
Principal Eb Bass - Patrick Miller
Eb Bass - John Sawyer
Bb Bass - John Boulton
Principal Percussion - Matthew Roche
Percussion - Karl Sheen
Chairman - Olive Horton
Contest Secretary - Amy Hackett
Treasurer - Clive Giles
Band Manager - Richard Johnson