Jayess Christmas Appeal

by Kayleigh Griffiths in United Kingdom

We did it
On 13th January 2022 we successfully raised £414 with 16 supporters in 42 days

The Jayess Newbiggin Brass Band are hoping to raise funds over the Christmas to support the future of the band.

by Kayleigh Griffiths in United Kingdom

 New stretch target

The Jayess Newbiggin Brass Band is kindly asking for your help over the Christmas period to help ensure the future of our band.

After a difficult period during the pandemic, we are delighted to be back playing together again. We were able to enjoy our first engagement in October and were hoping to do more over the Christmas period. Unfortunately, due to a change in current measures we have been unable to secure our usual carolling slots at our local supermarkets. We therefore are asking for donations to help towards the running of the band. 

We know that times are difficult, but any contribution no matter how big or small would be hugely appreciated. Throughout the pandemic nothing has brought people together more than music. Without the arts our lives would be that little quieter and for many of us music is the heart and soul of our lives, it's what makes us human and it's what unites our wonderful community. You would be helping to not only spread a little Christmas cheer, but helping to promote and maintain a proud brass banding culture in Northumberland. 


About Jayess Newbiggin Brass Band

Newbiggin by the sea has always had a strong sense of community and there has been evidence of various musical groups in the village. As a strong fishing community and latterly a mining community Music has always played a major role in the community. Early evidence of a brass band in Newbiggin goes back to mid 1800's with reports that a musical group played in the yard of the Newbiggin Central club building. It was also reported in early 1900's that a Mr Simpson of Meldon Terrace, a former member of the Newbiggin Silver Band won the annual march composition prize at Kneller Hall in London, home of the Army School of Music.

With the sinking of the shaft in Newbiggin in 1909, it was inevitable that families would move into the village and the band would grow into a strong musical outfit competing successfully at various levels of banding. Performing around the village the band gained a loyal and supportive following being affectionately known as “Wor Band”.

The Bandmaster of their day was a well known figure in the community. Most people knew of him as “The Bandmaster” and would know where he lived as they would the local doctor, teacher, priest etc.

Many famous names have been associated with the band over the years. These include conductors such as Jack Atherton, John Carr, George Wright and James Shepherd. Additionally, players who started their banding life in Newbiggin would often go onto play in other famous bands; Denis Wright, playing with CWS Manchester and the legendary James Shepherd Black Dyke Mills.

The band has always had a fine tradition of being the catalyst for musicians joining military bands, with Tony Griffiths, Richard Fenwick, Darren Patterson and Sarah James all joining the Band of HM Royal Marines in the 1970's 80's and 90's. Banding has always played a major part in local Schools and during the 1960's/70's Newbiggin secondary modern school with its inspirational music teacher Audrey Stimpson provided the majority of players for the local band; many of whom still play today. This continued with Gillian Irvine, (formally Charlton) MBE and others from the newly created high school.

Families continue too, and have also played a major role in local banding and indeed fourth and fifth generation players still playing today. This was apparent with cooperation within families whom may have played in the Newbiggin Corps Salvation Army Band.

Other memorable events during our history include Dennis Todd from Newbiggin sharing the stage with Jim Shepherd and The Northumberland Schools Brass Band in Newbiggin. This was when Arthur Butterworth’s, "Three Impressions for Brass" was premiered. The composer later said that this event was one of his most memorable.

In 2009 the band reformed as Jayess Newbiggin Brass Band, with local lad Andrew Griffiths becoming Musical Director in 2012. Thanks to Andrew's leadership the band has seen tremendous success in recent years, including twice becoming North of England regional champions in the 4th Section. The subsequent National Finals saw the band achieve 9th place in 2016 and 4th place in 2017. 

In January 2018, Jayess Newbiggin were promoted to the 3rd Section. Our first contest at this level saw us add another win at the DCBBA Festival of Brass Contest to our collection. In March 2018 the band achieved a 4th place finish at the North of England regional contest. 

Since promotion the band has progressed steadily and we are hoping that we can continue to grow as a band within the community of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. Despite the pandemic, we have remained strong and committed to our future and we can't wait to continue making music together and performing for our friends and followers.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£3 or more

Gift voucher prize draw

Everyone who pledges £3 will be entered into a prize draw to win a £20 gift voucher for Marks & Spencer. The draw will take place on Saturday 18th December.

£1 or more

Every penny counts!

Want to help out but can only spare a couple of quid? Any amount will make a difference and you'll still get that warm fuzzy feeling knowing you've done a good deed!

£2 or more

Musical Christmas E-Card

Spread some Christmas cheer with a musical Christmas card from Jayess Newbiggin Brass Band! Choose this reward and your Christmas carol and we will send you a musical Christmas e-card for you to share with your family and friends!

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