A very busy end to the year
In October the band appeared at St Hilda’s church in South Shields for our annual charity concert. This year our chosen charity was the Cruse Crew a local bereavement support charity, founded to recently to support children who has lost loved ones.
Throughout December the band performed carols at several venues in the North East, appearing at carols services in schools, hospitals as well as providing entertainment for shoppers. our fundraising for The Cruse Crew continued and in total we raised over £1800.

National Brass Band Championships
The band represented the Northern Region at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain at the Centaur Centre in Cheltenham on the 20th September. Performing Keneth Hesketh’s tricky test “The Alchymist’s Journal” the band were placed a creditable 9th place out of 17 bands from a number 3 draw, the highest result in the band’s recent history.

New Musical Director
Our performance at the Amphitheatre on August 23rd marked the first official engagement of our new Musical Director Lee Morris. Lee has been a member of the band for over 12 years initially as a member of the cornet section and has most recently served as Principal Eb Bass. Several of Lee’s compositions and arrangement feature on our CD “Call of the Colliery”. The band are really looking forward to working with Lee on some very exciting projects.

A Busy Summer
After performances at South Shields Amphitheatre, Armed Forces Day and The Cookson Parade in South Tyneside, the band proudly represented our mining heritage at the Durham Miners Gala in front of record crowds. The Gala marked our Musical Director Jason Smith’s last engagement with us. Jason has worked with us for thirteen years and we are very grateful for his efforts over the years and he will be deeply missed by us all.

The band recently appeared at St Michael’s and All Angels in Houghton le Spring. We performed a wide ranging programme including several items from our CD which we recorded at the church in December. Soloists Jo Brown(Flugel) Tom Cooke(Cornet) and Lee Morris (Eb Bass) were in fine form.

Band Qualifies for National Brass Band Championships
After a very controlled and balanced performance of Philip Sparke’s tough test A London Overture at the Durham Gala Theatre, we were placed 2nd in the North of England Area Brass Band Championships. The band will now compete in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain at the Centaur Centre in Cheltenham on the 20th September.