About the band

Newmilns and Galston Brass Band are one of the longest running brass bands in Scotland, with over 170 years of history attached. Ayrshire is proud and famous for its musical history and we continue to deliver entertainment and excitement at our events.

Newmilns and Galston Brass Band is the oldest surviving brass band in Scotland. The old Newmilns Burgh Band was formed in 1833 by a group of handloom weavers and had many successes over the years in regional and national competitions. In Galston, the band started as a reed band in 1872 promoted by the Gauchalland Coal Company, but within a few years had converted to brass as the Galston Burgh Band. It too had a long and successful life, but in 1990 both Irvine Valley bands amalgamated and soon regained their status as one of the country’s leading bands.

Currently graded in the First Section of the National Championships, the band fulfills local engagements as well as competing regularly in contests maintaining a long musical tradition within the Irvine Valley.

Please contact the band by emailing newmilnsandgalstonband@yahoo.com if you would like us to perform at your event.