Byron 'Buzz" Newton FTCL, BMUS, PGDIP (dist.), MA (dist.) 

Euphonium Soloist, Teacher, Conductor, Adjudicator


Contact Information

Region: Wellington 

Mobile: +64 27 350 2638

Short Bio

Buzz is a world class euphonium soloist and a leading figure in brass education in New Zealand. He was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) in Cardiff in 2010 where he learnt from the father-and-son combination and euphonium gurus Robert and David Childs.

While in the United Kingdom Buzz won many awards including the Best Euphonium Prize at the British Open Solo Competition, the RWCMD Concerto Competition, was the first student in the U.K. to get a mark of 100% for a final Masters recital, and he was named as the RWCMD’s top music student in 2012.

Buzz is the Principal Euphonium with the Wellington Brass Band and is an Artist Teacher at the New Zealand School of Music. He has performed with the National Band of New Zealand, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.



Guest solo experience: 

  • Since 2013 Buzz has been touring the country performing with all levels of bands. In 2013 he was the guest soloist with the National Youth Brass Band of NZ and the National Australia Brass Youth Band. Buzz has also been a guest soloist with the Tredegar Town Band, and the Cory Band in Wales.

  • Buzz has been a Besson Artist since 2012.

  • This year he was a guest artist at the 2017 Brisbane Low Brass Weekend.

Teaching experience:

  • 2013-17 National Youth Brass Band Course

  • 2013-15 National Australian Brass Youth Band Course

  • Recital Seminar national tour 2013 supported by the NZ Brass Foundation, ABI Music and Besson.

  • 2014 and 2016 National Secondary Schools Brass Band Course

  • Artist Teacher New Zealand School of Music 2013-present

  • Private teaching 2013-present

  • Director of Buzzing Brass (Brass Academy) 2017-present

  • Baritone and Euphonium tutor at the 2017 Brisbane Low Brass Weekend.

Conducting Experience:

  • 2013 Wellington Youth Brass Band 

  • 2013 NZSM Brass Ensemble

  • Assistant MD Wellington Brass 2013-present

  • Masterton Brass MD 2017-present

  • Buzzing Brass Wellington Youth Band MD 2017-present 

Adjudicating experience:

  • 2017 Chief Adjudicator Canterbury Provincial Contest 

  • 2014, 2015, 2016 Solo and ensemble adjudicator at the Wellington Districts

  • 2015 Solo and ensemble adjudicator Central Districts

  • 2013-2017 Solo competitions NZ Nationals

  • New Zealand School of Music recitals 2013-present

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