In 1983 former Craghead Colliery Band cornet player Tom Gibson established Houghton Brass using players from the Houghton Schools Band who wanted to continue playing as a group rather than joining other adult bands in the area.
The band entered its first competition at the Tyne and Wear Contest (Third Section) in November 1983 which paved the way for a very successful start to its existence, moving up the grading ranks from Fourth Section to Championship Section between 1984 and 1991. Since then the band have enjoyed appearances at the National Championships of Great Britain on many occasions, taking in visits to all parts of the country including the Royal Albert Hall, Torquay, Dundee and Harrogate. This is the third consecutive year we have had the pleasure of competing at the National Finals in Cheltenham.
The band has recently undergone a revival and has been very successful in many competitions, notably being crowned National Brass Band Champions Of Great Britain (Third Section) in 2015. The promotion to the Second Section has further enhanced the bands reputation as it continues to rise up the ladder of rankings.
In July 2017 the band were crowned Section A Champions of the DCBBA Picnic in the Park Contest, the first time the band had taken this title in its history. The band were conducted by Neil Gibson, Tom Gibson's son, who will be making his conducting debut at the finals this September.
Qualified for Section 2 for second successive year (16th in 2016). Total of 7 previous Nationals appearances, including winning S3 in 2015.
(We would rather not list our principal players)