Based in South Shields, Westoe Brass Band was originally known as the Harton Colliery Band. The band today consists of around 30 members from a wide range of different backgrounds across the North East of England.
The band, as we know it today, was formed in 1911 after apparently adopting the players of the Tyne Dock Temperance Band to fulfil the needs for a band at the Harton Colliery in South Shields. Just eight years later they won the British Open Contest, being the first colliery band and the first band from the North of England to do so. The Band was directed by George Hawkins, who was the first amateur conductor to win this great title, regarded by many as the leading accolade in the brass band world.