“Buzz Newton brushes aside the technical challenges of Wilby’s fiery Greek ‘Zeibekikos Dance’ with remarkable ease - its fearsome virtuosity in marked contrast to the touchingly simple yet highly effective ‘Song’ that precedes it.”4barsrest.com
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.
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.
Buzz is a Besson artist and performs exclusively on a Besson Prestige Euphonium with an Alliance DC3 mouthpiece.