The band was formed in 1877 in the former mining village of Pelton Fell. It has had various names over the years, Pelton Fell Colliery Band, Pelton Fell Workmen’s Band and, Newcastle Brown Ale Band.
Since 2008 the band has been sponsored by the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) and is now known as The NASUWT Riverside Band. In 2010 the band had a specially designed band hall built in the War Memorial Park at Pelton Fell, Chester le Street.
Over recent years the band has been a principal performer at the Durham International Brass Festival including a key role in the internationally renowned Miners Hymns performances in 2010 and 2014. In 2018, as part of the Brass Festival, the band performed a concert of Northern Soul music with a Northern Soul band. This year it was another first for the band as it performed a live concert over the internet with Concord band, from Denmark, this was really well received by the critics and the audiences.
The band performs regularly at the Sage in Gateshead and has been a major advocate of diverse music for brass band, performing with the Indie band British Sea Power and Shri ‘Just a Vibration’. In 2016 the band performed for the award-winning contemporary dance show COAL in Newcastle and Durham and this year appeared in COAL’s sequel Wasteland.
Earlier this year a group from the band flew to Germany to celebrate 50 years twinning between Durham County Council and Tubingen, near Stuttgart.
The band won the North of England Championships 2013, 2017 and 2018.
The band is the current Grand Shield Champion band, and made its debut at the British Open Championships in September 2019.
The band also made its first appearance at Brass in Concert at the Sage, Gateshead in November 2019.
The band has qualified ,5 times in the last 9 years, for the finals of the National Championships of Great Britain, which are held at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
The band has a busy diary and have engagements all over Britain particularly for their excellent sponsors.
At the end of December 2019, the band is currently ranked in the top 30 in the brass band world rankings.
|Bell||205mm (8.1)" Full Hand Hammered Nickel Silver Bell, Hand Engraved|
|Lead Pipe||Rose Brass|
|Side Bows||Rose Brass|
|Triggers||Main, Thumb Trigger|
|Valves||3 Stainless Steel Piston Valves (Top Sprung)|
|Inner Slides||Nickel Silver|
|Outer Sliders||Nickel Silver|
|Tuning Slide||Rose Brass|
|Finish||Lacquer with Black Nickel Plated Trimmings or Silverplated (Optional)|