York Railway Institute Bands

Golden Rail Band - Burnby HallThe three bands of the York Railway Institute, York Railway Institute Band, Golden Rail Band and York RI Development Band, continue to flourish, but are always on the lookout for new players.

York RI Band performs at many prestigious venues such as York Minster, Selby Abbey and Leeds Minster. They also perform in joint ventures with organisations like the famous Prima Vocal Ensemble. One such joint venture occurred last October when the band joined forces with Prima Vocal at York University Central Hall to perform the Karl Jenkins masterpiece “The Armed Man”. York RI Band also perform at a number of Summer engagements in beautiful settings such as Wetherby Bandstand, Howden Minster and the Southport Flower Show.

York RI Development BandThe Golden Rail Band undertake many varied engagements playing in and around the York area and further afield, at venues such as Knaresborough Castle, Boroughbridge Show, Goole Bandstand and Brodsworth Hall. The Development Band also plays at a number of local events.

York RI Band were promoted to Championship Status at the start of 2015 and are now in the same league as the very best bands in the world, such as Black Dyke Band, Brighouse & Rastrick Band, Foden’s Band and Cory Band.  To maintain the standard for the York RI Band to compete at this level requires players of a high quality, who are totally dedicated and committed to the band.

One of the York RI Band players, Ian Scott on Bass Trombone, returned to playing only 2 years ago, following a 22 year retirement. He is now enjoying his playing as much as ever, helping to prove that it’s never too late to return to playing. Anyone thinking of a return to playing might be surprised at how quickly it is possible to return to good standard.

The Golden Rail and Development Bands would also like to recruit new talent. This could be for absolute beginners or again, for returning lapsed players. All three bands provide an instrument and uniform, with free tuition in the Development Band. York RI Band rehearses twice weekly on Monday and Thursday evenings between 8:00 and 10:00. Golden Rail Band rehearses twice weekly on Tuesday evening between 7:00 and 9:00 and on Thursday evening between 6:30 and 8:00. The Development Band rehearse on Wednesday evenings between 6:00 and 6:20 for beginners, 6:20 and 6:40 for level 2 players, 6:40 and 7:00 for level 3 players and 7:00 and 8:15 for the full band.
For more information, please contact:-  Martyn Williams (York RI Band) 0191 227 3287, Les Johnson (Golden Rail Band) 01904 791199 or Pauline Johnson (Development Band) 01904 791199.