The West Yorkshire Police Band

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 wasn't 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 contributing 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)

We have been guests of the Last Post Association in Ypres, Belgium performing at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate since 2004. In 2014, on the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War the Band were honoured to play under the Menin Gate on the 11th November.

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. The Band is also available for Remembrance Day parades in the county. In 2016 we were part of the Olympic Homecoming Parade in Leeds.

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 a fanfare trumpet team. 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

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

 

2018

June

Saturday 23rd June 2018 Armed Forces Day Leeds

July

Sunday 1st July 2018 Parade 100 Year Anniversary Marsden RBL, Marsden 10.30am

Saturday 14th July 2018 Parachute Regiment Eden Camp York

Saturday 14th July 2018 Concert with Fairburn Singers Wakefield Cathedral, Wakefield 7.30pm

Saturday 21st July 2018 Halifax Police Station Open Day

Sunday 22nd July 2018 Brass in the Woods for Kirkwood Hospice, Mirfield 4pm

August

Wednesday 1st August 2018 Yorkshire Day Pontefract Castle

Sunday 5th August 2018 Leeds Pride

 

September

Saturday 1st September 2018 Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing

Saturday 8th September 2018 TBC

Thursday 20th September 2018 LSGC Ceremony Carr Gate

 

October

Tuesday 4th October 2018 Fanfare Opening of Leeds Assizes, Leeds

Sunday 7th October 2018 Legal Service Fanfare York Minster

Saturday 13th October 2018 Wetherby Police Station Open Day

Saturday 20th October 2018 Concert with Skelmanthorpe Male Voice Choir Ossett Town Hall 7.30pm

Thursday 25th October 2018 LSGC Ceremony Carr Gate

Saturday 27th October 2018 Featherstone Methodist Church, Featherstone 7pm

November

Friday 9th November 2018 Last Post HQ Laburnum Road

Saturday 10th November 2018 100 Year Anniversary of the Great War Ypres Belgium

Sunday 11th November 2018 100 Year Anniversary of the Great War Ypres Belgium

Tuesday 27th November 2018 Leeds District Awards Evening

December

Sunday 2nd December 2018 Light Up a Life Overgate Hospice, Elland

Tuesday 11th December 2018 Chiefs Christmas Concert Wakefield Cathedral, Wakefield 7.30pm