Buzzing Brass was launched in 2017 with the aim of providing kids and adults in the Wellington and wider Wellington region the opportunity to learn a brass instrument.
Buzzing Brass offers a structured musical pathway in both music performance and music theory no matter what experience level.
Buzzing Brass gets it's name from it's founder Byron "Buzz" Newton who briefly worked as a beekeeper (hence the nickname). "Buzzing" is also the noun used to describe the vibrating of a brass instrument's mouthpiece, this is what brass musicians do to create sound.
Buzz also performs outreach concerts at schools to help promote brass music and to encourage kiwi kids to learn a brass instrument. The concerts focus on education through entertainment, encouragement and participation.
Why Buzzing Brass?
Buzzing Brass provides a structured musical pathway.
All experience levels are accepted
Flexible learning environments. Want to learn individually, in a small group, or a brass band, we offer it all
Highly competitive rates with flexible payment options
It's easy to hire instruments through our friends at Wellington Brass Band or ABI Music
All brass Instruments are taught at Buzzing Brass:
Why learn a brass instrument?
Research has shown that learning a brass instrument:
Increases your memory capacity
Boosts team skills
Enhances your coordination
Betters your mathematical ability
Improves your reading and comprehension skills
Increases your responsibility
Exposes you to culture
Fosters your self-expression and relieves stress
Creates a sense of achievement
Promotes your social skills
Boosts your listening skills
Teaches you discipline
Elevates your performance skills and reduces stage fright
Enhances your respiratory system
Promotes happiness in your life and those around you
Born in Ashburton, a small town south of Christchurch, Byron ‘Buzz’ Newton grew up surrounded by honeybees. Buzz gets his nickname due to his father Derek who is a beekeeper. After a couple of years working for his father as a beekeeper Buzz decided to focus on becoming a full time musician. These days Buzz is one of the world’s top euphonium performers and a leading figure in brass education in New Zealand.
Byron 'Buzz' Newton FTCL, BMUS, PGDIP, MA, ARWCMD
After graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Music and a Postgraduate Diploma with distinction from the New Zealand School of Music in euphonium performance, Buzz accepted a scholarship to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) with the father-and-son combination and euphonium gurus Robert and David Childs.
While studying in Wales he became the first brass student to win the RWCMD Concerto Competition. In his final Masters recital Buzz was awarded a mark of 100% and was named as the college's top music student.
Buzz returned to New Zealand in 2012 and has been in high demand as a soloist, teacher, and freelance musician throughout Australasia. Buzz held the position of Principal Euphonium and Assistant Musical Director with the Wellington Brass Band from 2013-2019. He is the Principal Euphonium in the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band, and is an Artist Teacher at the New Zealand School of Music. In 2018 the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama made Buzz an Honorary Associate in recognition of his achievements since leaving the college.
Buzz has been a member of the National Secondary Schools, National Youth, and National Brass Bands of New Zealand, and has performed with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
We’d love to hear from you!
Wellington Brass Band Room | 27 Collingwood St, Ngaio Wellington | 6035 | | Tel: 027 350 2638 |