Roy Newsome won the British Open on 5 occasions, with four separate bands and in three separate decades.
He made his debut at the contest with the Slaithwaite Band in 1962 on “Island Heritage” and his first four years with them at the contest didn’t get him a prize winning return. He then became Resident Conductor with Black Dyke, and so his opportunities to conduct at the Open were diminished as Col, Jaeger and Geoffrey Brand took the baton as Professional Conductor with the band. He did however appear at the contest with Kibworth in 1971 before directing Black Dyke to two wins (and their hat trick) in 1973 and 1974. In 1975 he appeared as an adjudicator, and then handed over the baton to Peter Parkes.
However, he certainly wasn’t finished at the contest and he returned with Besses in to win in 1982 to win the contest for a third time and then for a fourth time with Wiliams Fairey in 1987. To cap it all. He entered the 1990’s with Sun Life and won it again on “Le Roi D’Y’s” – his fifth win. He last appeard on the stage with contesting baton in 1999 with Desford.
View Roy Newsome's record on Brass Band Results