The Golden Rail Band is a non-contesting 4th section equivalent band. It performs a variety of concerts all year round to the local community in York and further afield. Should you be interested in booking the band or playing with us, please contact our secretary (information on the right hand side of this page).

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The Golden Rail Band is looking for a solo trombone player. Any interested parties should make contact via the website.

INTO 2015...

Brassed On! York invited the Golden Rail Band to give a concert to round off a 'Come & Play' day at The National Centre For Early Music on Sunday 1st February.

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Many members of the band had been helping out throughout the day, introducing interested parties young and old to the wonderful world of brass!

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DSC_9072-2 (545x800).jpgTo showcase young musical talent, 16 year old Lauren from the York Railway Institute Band was invited to perform with the Golden Rail Band as a guest soloist. Lauren treated the auduience to a lovely rendition of 'Another Day' by Andy Norman.


After a well-earned hiatus from engagements the Golden Rail Band stepped back into action by providing the music and ambience for the rededication service of the war memorial in Duncombe Place.  This moving and well attended ceremony in such a beautiful setting is an honour to be part of and one that the Band appreciates.

The following Sunday the Band had the honour of leading the Remembrance Parade and Service in Tadcaster in conjunction with the Royal Air Force Cadets.  Once again the weather held fair and the Last Post rang out with conviction to the gathered crowds.

The Band returned to Tadcaster at the end of November to entertain the masses at Tadcaster Christmas Market. An excellent opportunity to break out the carols and Christmas cheese as well as pick up a few early presents from the various stalls and start getting into the Christmas spirit.

A highlight of the Band’s winter season is always the joint concert with the RI Band and the Development Band which, for the second year running, was held in the RI Hall.  The concert began with the Development Band who put on a varied and adventurous programme including a tremendous quintet from five of its youngest players.  The Golden Rail Band followed with an entertaining and musically challenging programme that showcased the talents within the Band.  The evening continued with the RI Band who impressed the audience with their precision and quality before the evening was drawn to a close by an en masse rendition of ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’.

The Band built on the successes of the joint concert by hosting our own concert in Bishopthorpe Village Hall.  A full programme of carols, marches, medleys and showpieces left both the audience and the Band in full Christmas spirit – a surprise entry to the Bands Christmas Jumper competition from the bass section proved that Christmas miracles do indeed happen!

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The remainder of December was filled to the brim with carolling at venues such as Scarcroft Primary School, Tesco (Tadcaster Road) and The Marcia Pub (Bishopthorpe).  This added nearly £2000 to the Band coffers as well as signalling for many the climax of ‘the most wonderful time of the year’.

Happy Christmas! 

The Golden Rail Band will return on February 1st at NCEM for a ‘come and play’ showcase.

DEVELOPMENT BAND - New Absolute Beginners Sessions

It is with great pleasure that the Golden Rail Band has set up a new "Absolute Beginners' Session" aimed at any newcomer that would like to learn a brass instrument. It can be extremely daunting to simply start in a band on a foreign instrument, so the absolute beginner sessions is aimed to work on basic brass playing skills in a friendly and relaxed manner

This session is open to all beginners young and old that would like to take part in this opportunity. The sessions will take place on Wednesdays at 6.00pm down at the York RI Band Room.