We began life in 1911 after apparently adopting the players of the Tyne Dock Temperance Band to fulfill the needs for a band at the Harton Colliery in South Shields. Just eight years later in 1919 we were to win the British Open Contest, being the first colliery band and the first band from the North of England to do so. Here 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.
In 1958 the Band added Westoe to its name, becoming the Harton and Westoe Colliery Band. We continued under this banner until 1986 at which point we dropped the Harton and became known as Westoe Colliery Band.
In 1993 after the closure of Westoe Colliery we began our ongoing relationship with South Tyneside Health Care Trust, first being known as the slightly awkward sounding Westoe and South Tyneside Health Care Trust Band (we had a big letterhead in those days!) and latterly Westoe Brass Band working in partnership with South Tyneside Health Care Trust.
We are one of the leading brass bands in the North East, and have gained a reputation for great concert music in South Tyneside and beyond.
Thanks for reading; we look forward to seeing you at one of our concerts.