Newmains & District
The village of Newmains in Lanarkshire has been home to a brass band since about 1898 when several local bands joined forces. The band has had a variety of names: notably Coltness Iron Works, Hutchison’s Coaches and Newmains and District Collieries.
In 1995, The Newmains Band (as it was then known) disbanded and it was not until 20 years later when a small group decided the time was right to reform and so began a new era for Newmains and District. The new band entered the 2016 Scottish Championships gaining a creditable 4th place in the Fourth Section and since then has moved on from strength to strength winning the section at both the Fife Festival of Brass (twice) and the Land o’ Burns contest.
The band’s personnel is an eclectic mix of young and not-so-young from all walks of life and includes several members who enjoyed success back in the 1970s when Newmains was a force to be reckoned with in Scottish banding.
Under recently appointed Musical Director, Michael Marzella, Newmains clinched 2nd place at this year’s Scottish Championships and so secured their invitation to the finals at Cheltenham.
The band is hoping to give a good performance of Eric Ball’s Petite Suite de Ballet.
First ever Nationals appearance as Newmains & District. Previous known as simply Newmains - last appearance at Nationals was 1991 (S2), total of 4 previous Nationals appearances including 2 RAH - plus withdrew from RAH after qualifying in 1967. Highest documented Nationals placing of 4th (S2 1984).
Principal Cornet - Anna Linzi
Principal Euphonium - John Stirling
Principal Trombone - Erik Kerr
Principal Horn - Alison Paterson
Principal Eb Bass - Jamie Boyle
Principal Percussion - Graeme Goldie