Band of The West Yorkshire Police

Band History

The band was formed out of the Bradford and Leeds City Police Bands when in 1974 the Leeds and Bradford Forces amalgamated to form part of The West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police. The bands merged to become The West Yorkshire Police Band. Initially the Band was military in style, with woodwind, brass and percussion it wasnt until 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 each year.

 

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.

Force Band (click to enlarge)

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.

Force Band (click to enlarge)

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. 

Force Band (click to enlarge)

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.

You can follow the band on Twitter @WYP_band and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westyorkshirepoliceband

 

Email and Telephone Enquiries

Email Enquiries contact Craig Dixon [email protected]

Telephone Enquiries 07738647407

 

Engagements

Please keep checking website for further announcements and confirmation of times for all engagements

 

2017

October

Saturday 21st October 2017 Full Band Concert with Skelmantorpe Male Voice Choir, Ossett Town Hall, Ossett 7.30pm

November

Friday 10th November 2017 Last Post Headquarters, Laburnum Road, Wakefield

Friday 10th November 2017 Last Post Carr Gate Training Complex, Wakefield

Friday 10th November 2017 Full Band Remembrance Events, Meinstratte & Ypres, Belgium

Saturday 11th November 2017 Full Band Remembrance Events, Messines, Tyne Cot & Ypres, Belgium

Sunday 12th November 2017 Last Post Leeds AJEX, Adel Synagogue, Adel, Leeds

Thursday 16th November 2017 Ensemble LSGC Medals Carr Gate Training Complex, Wakefield

Saturday 25th November 2017 Ensemble Halifax Light Switch On, Piece Hall, Halifax 1pm

Saturday 25th November 2017 Full Band Concert with Wakefield AOS, Sandal Methodist Church, Sandal, Wakefield 7.00pm

Sunday 26th November 2017 Ensemble Light up a life service, Halifax Minster 2pm

Tuesday 28th November 2017 Ensemble Leeds District Awards Evening , Leeds University, Leeds

DECEMBER

Sunday 3rd December 2017 Ensemble Light Up A Life Service, Overgate Hospice, Elland 3pm

Thursday 7th December 2017 Ensemble Five Towns Carol Service, Farmer Copleys, Pontefract 6.30pm

Friday 8th December 2017 Ensemble King Cross Light Switch On, Halifax 3pm

Saturday 9th December 2017 Full Band Torchbearer Parade, Haworth 4pm

Sunday 10th December 2017 Full Band Torchbearer Parade, Haworth 4pm

Tuesday 12th December 2017 Full Band Chiefs Constables Christmas Concert Wakefield Cathedral, Wakefield

Saturday 16th December 2017 Ensemble Carols, Haworth High Street 1pm

Sunday17th December 2017 Ensemble Carols, Haworth High Street 1pm

Sunday 17th December 2017 Ensemble Stanley Methodist Church 6.30pm