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Gateshead Brass was formerly known as The Northumbria Police Band and as such has only been in existence since 2001.
The Northumbria Police Band was founded when the separation of Northumberland County Constabulary and Durham Constabulary took place in 1975. In the period after this split, the Band progressed to a very high standard and was recognized as the top Police Band in the country.
The Northumbria Police Band was a very successful contesting brass band and has worked its way up over the years to be one of the foremost bands in the Championship section of the North of England. They had regular success at competitions in the North East of England and outside the Area. They have appeared frequently at the National Championships in London and at contests in Wigan, St Helens, Grimsby, Scarborough, Milton Keynes and Widnes.
Northumbria Police Band was often asked by Northumbria Police Force to perform at functions such as evening dinners, presentation evenings, the opening of state buildings, tattoos, parades and civic functions.
In 1993 the Northumbria Police Band made it's first compact disc recording entitled "Water of Tyne." As the title suggests the music on the C.D. is either of North East origin or composition. It was proven to be very popular with concert goers and brass band enthusiasts and illustrates very well the Band's ability and versatility.
In 1997 the Band was pleased to support the National Children's Homes charity by playing at Durham Cathedral to a large and appreciative audience and in 1998 they played at St.Nicholas' Cathedral, Newcastle in support of the same charity.
Due to changes in funding, the band lost its sponsorship from, and thus association with, Northumbria Police in 2001. The band decided to relocate to Gateshead, and reform as Gateshead Brass. The band has since gained charitable status, and has strengthened its position by gaining promotion back to the Championship Section by qualifying for the National Finals in Torquay in 2002.