Band of The West Yorkshire Police
The origins of the Band begin with the Bradford City Police Band which was formed in 1899 and then the Leeds City Police Band, which was formed some fifteen years later.
In 1974 the Leeds and Bradford Forces amalgamated to form part of The West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police, and the bands merged to become The West Yorkshire Police Band. Initially the Band was military in style, with woodwind, brass and percussion. In 1984 a new ethos was agreed and since then the Band has been styled in the traditional Brass Band format.
Originally comprised solely of serving police officers, the band now draws from the wider police family, retired police officers and members of the public. The band has one of the largest number of regular volunteers for West Yorkshire Police conrtributing an average of 4500 volunteering hours.
About the Band
Since its inception, the Band has entertained audiences across West Yorkshire and the UK and, more recently, as its reputation has grown it has reached an international audience. All appearances are made with the permission of the Chief Constable.
Over the last 5 years we have taken part in D-Day commemorations at the request of the Normandy Branch of the Royal British Legion. We led the parade on the 65th and 70th Anniversaries at Pegasus Bridge - a pivotal point in the D-Day landings - and has appeared in concert at venues in the Normandy area. We have also been guests of the Last Post Association in Ypres, Belgium performing at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. In 2014, on the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War the Band were honored to play under the Menin Gate on the 11th November. The Band is also available for Remembrance Day parades in the county. In 2005 we appeared with South Yorkshire Police Band at The Lord Mayor of London Parade.
In 2006 our Fanfare Trumpeters played at Wakefield Cathedral for the visit by Her Majesty the Queen to distribute the Maundy Money, just one of several occasions that the band has played for Her Majesty. Our fanfare trumpeters perform at a variety of ceremonial events including the annual opening service for The North Eastern Circuit of Judges, Magistrates and Members of the Legal Profession at York Minster.
We were privileged to be invited to New York on two occasions to help commemorate the 5th and 10th anniversaries of 9/11. In September 2006 on the 5th anniversary, the Band played at the site of the British Memorial Garden, Hanover Square in Manhattan. Whilst in America the Band also performed for the local community of Long Valley, New Jersey who kindly provided members of the band with accommodation during their stay. In September 2011 for the 10th Anniversary, we were invited back to New York. The Band played in concerts at the Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and the New York Police Department Museum in Lower Manhattan. On 9/11/11 the Band returned to play at the British Memorial Garden in Hanover Square, along with the Allied Forces Pipes and Drums and the combined choirs of Tayside Police, Lothian & Borders and In Chorus.
What We Offer
The West Yorkshire Police Band primarily performs for the entertainment of the community within West Yorkshire. Our concert programme varies from classical to rock; solemn to uplifting and caters for all tastes.
As a full brass band we have around 25 to 30 players but can also provide smaller ensembles which is ideal for smaller venues or occasions.
We can also provide fanfare trumpeters. This consists of four to twelve personnel in full regalia, adding a musical flourish to any grand event or ceremony.
We have, and can also supply, buglers for Last Post engagements throughout the county.
Email and Telephone Enquiries
Email Enquiries contact Craig Dixon [email protected]
Telephone Enquiries 07738647407
Please keep checking website for further announcements and confirmation of times for all engagements
Sunday 5th February 2017 Fanfare Legal Profession Service, Bradford Cathedral, Bradford
Sunday 5th March 2017 Full Band Yorkshire Area Championships, Huddersfield Town Hall, Huddersfield