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Newland Concert Brass

Important engagements

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.

In 2016 the band held their first residential rehearsal weekend at Gartmore House near Aberfoyle.

In 2017 the band held a sold out 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert in Bathgate Academy.

In 2019 the band was awarded second place in the Fourth Section at the Scottish Championships. This led to an appearance at the National finals in Cheltenham.

In 2020 the band was crowned first place in the Fourth Section at the Scottish Championships and a promotion to the 3rd section. At this contest our Principal Cornet player, Karen Heenan, was Best Instrumentalist in the 4th Section.


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 four occasions. Newland Concert Brass also have a Junior Band.

We welcome players of all ages and levels of ability.

James (Jim) Walker MBE

Jim was associated with the Band since its inception in 1987 and was one of the founding members.

Over the years, he served on the Committee as Secretary and President and always supported - and took a great interest in - all the band was doing. He instigated the partnership between Newland and the Fanfarenkorps Neheim-Hüsten in Germany’s Hochsauerlandkreis – a partnership that is still going strong after more than 30 years. Jim and his late wife, Nancy, accompanied the Band to numerous events – concerts, contests, visits to Germany and to the National Brass Band Championships in London,

Harrogate and Cheltenham. He often compèred at band concerts and was particularly proud to be part of the Band’s 30th Anniversary concert and photo exhibition in 2017.

Jim’s local knowledge of West Lothian and its people was legendary and nothing was ever too much of a bother to him. He was a councillor for over 30 years and was involved in many other community groups. He was a past chieftain of Bathgate Highland Games and president of Bathgate Thistle Football club. He was also elected to the Bathgate Procession committee when he was just 18 and was awarded an MBE in 2014. 

He was a deeply committed, dedicated and approachable gentle-man who was always friendly and professional. He will be greatly missed by the Band, in Bathgate and West Lothian and by our friends in Germany.