York RI 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. In time, if you wish, we encourage progression to our sister band, the York RI Golden Rail Band, to continue your musical journey.

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 are led by peripatetic brass tutor, Kyle Sherwin.

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


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! 

Looking back at our Summer programme for 2016.
What a busy year we have had!

Saturday 7th May 2016 – Picnic and Play in Homestead Park

This was a joint venture with the Golden Rail Band. The Development Band kicked off proceedings with a 45 minute set of varied music followed by the obligatory game of rounders and then the picnic. The Golden Rail Band, under the baton of Kevin Moxon, finished the afternoon with a 45 minute programme of music to please all. The whole afternoon was enjoyed in delightful weather and with an appreciative audience.

Saturday 18th June 2016 – Connaught Court Summer Fair

The Development Band played to a delighted audience as people browsed through the stalls and attractions in the grounds of Connaught Court.

Saturday 25th June 2016 - Wigginton Primary School Summer Fayre.

The school drew a tremendous crowd onto the school field where a wide variety of stalls kept people milling around. The band, seated just off the field and in a lovely, sunny position, played a variety of music until a large, black cloud appeared bringing torrential rain causing the band to scamper for cover.

Wednesday 6th July – Joint Concert with ‘In Harmony’ Ladies’ Choir

Once again we were very happy to share the stage with ‘In Harmony’ at Our Lady’s Church, Acomb for a concert of Brass and Voices. The band opened up with the march, “Slaidburn” following with a programme including the popular “Is This the Way to Amarillo?”, “You Were Always on my Mind”, “The Shoop Shoop Song”, “I Will Follow Him” and other contrasting pieces. The choir’s programme included “There’s No Business Like Showbusiness”, “Seal Lullaby”, “Blue Moon”, “Stormy Weather”, and “And All That Jazz” making the whole evening a joyous occasion.


Sunday 17th July 2016 – Rowntree Park Birthday Celebration.

What a fantastic crowd! The whole population of York seemed to be in the Park and the band had the privilege of playing to a huge audience, with people either sitting or standing, listening to our programme. At the ‘cutting of the cake’ the band played “Happy Birthday” with everyone joining in with the singing.

Saturday 23rd July 2016 – The Bishop Wilton Show

We were delighted once again to be playing at the 119th Bishop Wilton Show with all its classes for horses, ponies, sheep and dogs, trade stands, galleries, craft stalls, childrens’ classes, dancing, music and many more attractions. The band, seated high up on a stage constructed from a couple of lorry trailers, played its programme of two 45 minute sets to a very appreciate audience. It was certainly a brilliant day out for all concerned