The town of Ashington, located in Northumberland, was once famous for being known as the largest mining village in the world and home of world cup winners the Charlton brothers.
Ashington Colliery Band, formerly North Seaton Colliery Band, was sponsored by Ashington colliery until it closed in the late 1980’s. During the 90’s and ealy 2000’s the band changed its name to Wansbeck’s Ashington Colliery Band following sponsorship from the local council. With the demise of Wansbeck council the band returned to its original name and is now self-supporting, although the generosity of Ashington town council in its support during times of need has been invaluable and much appreciated.
The band has a proud history and has competed in national finals at the Royal Albert Hall and other venues in London as well as Dundee and Harrogate. The former CISWO contests at Blackpool later Skegness are other highlights. During the later decades of last century the band enjoyed a very successful period of “twinning” with the Volmetaler band from Schalksmuhle in Germany. During the early 2000’s the band enjoyed a successful period rising from the 3rd section to the championship.
Recent years however have been difficult, as the band suffered from the loss of a number of players, and for the last 5-6 years the band has struggled to compete in major contests due to a lack of personnel. A small but dedicated and determined group keeping the band alive. In recent months the band has seen somewhat of a revival and we hope our recent success in becoming northern area champions 2nd section, will prove to be the catalyst we have been waiting for.
First Nationals appearance since 2010 (Section 1). Total of 11 previous Nationals appearances, highest placing of 3rd (S2 1983). Most recent appearance at S2 was 2007.
Principal Cornet - Brian Cameron
Solo Horn - Peter Scott
Solo Baritone - Bill Jones
Solo Trombone - Ray Douglas