West Yorkshire Police

History

The Band was formed from the amalgamation of the Bradford and Leeds City Police Bands in 1974. It was initially military in style, with woodwind and brass. It wasn't until 1984 when the Band became styled in the traditional Brass Band format.

Originally the Band comprised solely of serving police officers, we now draw from the wider police family, retired police officers and members of the public. We are now all volunteers for West Yorkshire Police contributing an average of 4,500 hours per year.

Since its inception, the Band has entertained audiences across West Yorkshire and the UK and, more recently, as the Band’s reputation has grown it has reached an international audience.

The Band's priority remains to be civic and ceremonial and have been part of many in West Yorkshire, London, Ypres, New York and Normandy. One of our many highlights was the involvement in the Olympic Heroes Homecoming Parade in Leeds 2016. In November we will be in Ypres Belgium again to play at the Menin Gate and Tyne Cot for the 100 year Anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

We have an active calendar of concerts, marches and fanfares throughout the area contributing our support to many charities fundraising efforts. All appearances are made with the kind permission of the Chief Constable, Dee Collins.

First appearance at Nationals since 2005 (Section 2). Only two previous Nationals appearances, highest Nationals placing of 5th (S4 1988).


Principal Players

Soprano - Dean Taylor

Principal Cornet - TBC

Flugel Horn - Fr Paul Cartwright

Solo Horn - Simon Travis

Solo Euphonium -  Doug Clarkson

Solo Trombone - Joe Wyles

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