York RI Golden Rail Development Band

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Picture courtesy of Keith Meadley Photography, York

Are you interested in playing a brass instrument?

Have you played before and are looking to start again?

Maybe you've just moved to York and want to start something new?


York RI Golden Rail Band has its own Development Band!

So why not come along and try out an instrument, ranging from cornet, to trombone and tuba.

This group doesn't just aim at youth either. Parents, Grandparents, students, people of all ages, talents and backgrounds are welcome to take part in the band. Perhaps you have played before, and want to get back in to the swing of things - that's fine too. Come along and get going again.

There are no catches to this Development Band either. You don't even need your own instrument! All the tuition and rehearsal time is free and on top of that, the band will loan out an instrument to you as you learn. It's a no-brainer!

The lessons and rehearsals will be led by Golden Rail's principal tuba player, John Stuart. Since the band's creation, the number of members has risen from five to 35!

If you're interested in becoming part of the Development Band and would like to know more about it, please feel free to email Pauline Johnson at paulinejohnson.home@btinternet.com


Are you a drummer seeking an opportunity to play with a brass band?  A vacancy has arisen in the Development Band for a kit drummer.  This is an ideal position for someone who is having percussion lessons, is able to read music and can handle the full drum kit.  For further details please contact the band or pop into a rehearsal.


IMG_0764.JPGFor the musician who has never played before, it can be a daunting experience to immediately play in a band. Not to panic anymore! The Golden Rail Development Band has now launched an absolute beginners session starting at 6pm on Wednesday evenings, which will cover all the basics of playing a brass instrument in a very relaxed and friendly environment. The Development Band has never been so tempting! 


Saturday 19th July 2015 - Bishop Wilton Show

It was a great privilege to be invited to play at the Bishop Wilton Show and this event was conducted by Peter Andrews of the Golden Rail Band because John, our conductor, was on holiday. The band, perched on a stage made up of two long lorry trailers placed side by side, delighted the country show fans with a couple of 45 minute sets of assorted music including the country dance of 1702, “Dick’s Maggot”, music by Gilbert & Sullivan, marches and the odd hymn tune arrangement.

Wednesday 24th June 2015 - Joint concert with In Harmony ladies’ choir

The Development Band once again joined forces with In Harmony for a concert of “Voices and Brass” in the Church of Our Lady in Acomb. The band, looking very smart and wearing its new blazers for the first time, opened its first set in true style with the march, “Blaze Away”, or in this case, “Blazer Way”!! A good contrasting programme followed including “Whiter Shade of Pale”, our two euphoniums soloing in “Another Day” and finished off with a rousing rendition of “Mack the Knife”.


The choir entertained with music ranging from “Let It Go” from ‘Frozen’, “As Long As I Have Music”, a medley from “West Side Story” and finishing with “Bohemian Rhapsody” making the whole evening a night to remember.


Saturday 23rd May 2015 - Picnic and Play in Homestead Park

This was an event previously postponed from September 2014 because of inclement weather. However, the day was very successful and the sun shone while the Development Band entertained quite a number of people who had turned up with chairs and picnic baskets to listen to the bands.

This was followed by a rounders’ match with some competitive but good humoured participation from both bands.

The Golden Rail Band then played to the appreciative audience which continued to nibble on assorted delicacies from picnic baskets as the band poured out a varied feast of music bringing a most enjoyable afternoon to an end.