Notable engagements in the band’s history include a performance on the TV programme Challenge Anneka, an appearance on the BBC Children in Need, a performance in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen in Linlithgow and a joint concert with the Lowland Band of the Scottish Division.
Newland Concert Brass were delighted to be invited to play at the opening of the Bathgate Partnership Centre in 2011. They also held a Movie Themed concert in 2011 at the Regal Community Theatre raising £1400 for Cancer Research UK. In 2012, the Band celebrated being in existence for 25 years with a concert in the Regal Theatre, Bathgate.
In 2013 Newland Concert Brass joined with The South Kirk Singers to raise over £600, which was shared between two local charities - The Bennie Museum and River Kids.
In 2014 Newland Concert Brass took part in a Celebration Concert to mark the European Festival of Brass and also the 25th Anniversary of the Twinning Agreement between Newland Concert Brass and the Neheim Hüsten Fanfarenkorps in Germany. They collected £500 for CHAS at this concert.
In 2015 the band competed in the Scottish Championships after a seven year break and were delighted to finish in the top half of the field with principal cornet Karen Heenan winning the best instrumentalist prize. Newland Concert Brass raised a grand total of £1890 at their concert at the Regal Community Theatre and shared the proceeds between the British Heart Foundation and SCAD Research UK.
The band was formed in 1987 with an emphasis on concerts as the name suggests. “Newland” was taken from the venue where the first rehearsal took place ie. The Old Academy in Bathgate whose benefactor was John Newland. The blue uniform of Newland is well recognised in West Lothian as a result of playing at gala days, concerts, charity events and of course the Bathgate Procession and John Newland Festival.
Newland have contested in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th sections and have qualified for the British Championships on three occasions. Newland Concert Brass also have a Junior Band.
We welcome players of all ages and levels of ability.