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! 

'Come & Play' at the NCEM - Sunday 1st February 2015

This event, organised by Brassed On York Ltd, offered free lessons in the morning followed by a free family friendly concert beginning at 2.30pm given by the York RI Golden Rail Development Band and York RI Golden Rail Band.

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The lessons, open to absolute beginners, commenced at 10.30am and ran in half-hour slots through to 12.30pm. There was an opportunity for the beginners to play their first few notes with the Development Band in the afternoon.

Christmas 2014

Out and about, hither and thither with carolling and concerts. A carolling session in the Acomb shopping precinct was a new venture which went down well with local shoppers. The busking on Bishopthorpe Road also helped to swell the coffers by the generosity of the local businesses and people out shopping.

December 2014 - ‘In Harmony’ Christmas Concert

A return invitation to share a concert with the ladies’choir, ‘In Harmony’ , at the Church of Our Lady in Acomb, was a huge success and the band impressed the audience with its performance and variety of Christmas music. With the enchanting songs from the choir and children from Our Lady Queen of Martrys singing and playing, the whole concert was a fantastic evening of music.

December 2014 - RI Joint Christmas Concert

The RI Band Section organised the Christmas Concert, once again, in the York RI Club and the Development Band gave a brilliant 30 minute performance of a splendid assortment of Yuletide music. The rendition of “Blue Christmas” by a quintet of youngsters, some of whom were quite new to playing, was rapturously received by the audience.

September 2014 - Picnic in the Park

This was going be an opportunity for the band to give a performance and also to join forces with all the RI bands but ‘rain stopped play’!!

June 2014 - Concert with ‘In Harmony’

The band joined forces with ‘In Harmony’, a ladies’ choir based in Acomb, for a concert at Our Lady’s Church on Gale Lane in Acomb. The band captivated the audience with its programme of music and the choir sang a delightful selection of songs making the concert a huge success.

June 2014 - “Brassed On” Festival

All the RI bands took part in this magnificent weekend of brass band music given by all the brass bands in York and some from surrounding areas. Once again the Development Band gave a rousing performance and showed what standard can be achieved with enthusiasm and dedication and just how much enjoyment there is in learning to play an instrument within a brass band.

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May 2014 - Rowntree Park Model Boat Regatta

The band worked hard at preparing a performance for this event and even included some nautical pieces in keeping with the occasion. However, too much water in the form of rain meant the regatta had to be cancelled.

May 2014 - Martin House Appeal

The band was pleased to receive an invitation from the White Star Band, Malton, to take part for an hour in a 24 hour ‘Play-a-thon’ to raise money for the Martin House Children’s Hospice. This took place in St. Michaels’ Parish Church, Malton, in front of a good audience. The Development Band joined forces with the Golden Rail Band for three items before continuing its own brilliant performance for the following hour.
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Christmas 2013

Another busy Christmas with carolling at Tescos, Bishopthorpe Road and outside the Minster. The band also took part once again in the York RI Club Joint Christmas Concert but this time under the baton of its new Musical Director, John Stuart. The band gave a 30 minute programme of music which was well received by an enthusiastic audience.