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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SUMMER 2015 Part 3

We were very lucky with the weather during the first fortnight of August, managing to perform between cloudbursts.

Our first August outing was the annual concert at Goole bandstand. Last year's appearance had been moved to a different location and had been a complete wash-out so this year, so as not to tempt fate, brass band concerts were moved back to the original bandstand in the gardens by the river. As usual, an appreciative crowd turned out, as if by magic, to be entertained.

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The following week saw the band performing at a garden party in the village of Lastingham at the base of the moors just above Pickering.

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The Golden Rail Band returned to one of its favourite locations on the middle weekend of August. Burnby Hall Gardens in Pocklington holds band concerts on Sunday afternoons every summer. This year saw a bigger crowd than ever turn out to be entertained by our varied programme.

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SUMMER 2015 Part 2

The concert season has progressed with typical english weather. We had four seasons in one day for our performance at Knaresborough Castle on Sunday 21st June followed by an absolute scorcher at the York Circuit Methodist AGM and garden party on Saturday 4th July.

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It was the band's first appearance at Knaresborough Castle and, despite the occasional inclement burst of precipitation, we entertained the gathered crowds well with a programme including Bruce Jackson's march 'Eboracum' and our new finale 'The Lone Ar-ranger'.

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This year's Methodist garden party was held on a farm just outside Stillington. It was a very (VERY) warm day so the band played in shirt sleeves and a wide array of protective headgear, including one or two knotted handkerchiefs! The afternoon's activities concluded with a communal service of hymns and thanksgiving.

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SUMMER 2015 Part 1

The Golden Rail Band made a bold start to the 2015 summer season playing as part of York’s St George’s Day Parade. On a bright if windy day we gathered outside the Minster to play to the gathered crowds. The band was well received and commended for stamina as we set the thousand strong stream of scouts and guides off on their parade around the city

The Bank holiday weekend saw Golden Rail out twice with a sociable ‘Picnic and Play’ in the glorious Homestead Park and a firm band favourite at Poppleton Children’s Sports Day.

The weather smiled on the joint event with Development Band opening the proceedings, followed by Golden Rail (with participating RI members) and a highly competitive Rounders match to round off a lovely day.


Bank Holiday Monday saw Golden Rail play again as part of a busy backdrop of children’s races, tiny owls, maypole dancing and many stalls. The Band enjoyed a great family day out and took the opportunity to play out a variety of new pieces for the summer programme. As is customary, the Band led off the parade, marching the fancy dress entrants to the Maypole.

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May was rounded off with a charity event for St Leonards Hospice where volunteers celebrated 30 years of successful fundraising in style. Poor weather brought the event inside but the elegant surroundings, cheerful audience and excellent cake selection lifted the band to a rousing performance.

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The audience was treated to such classics as Floral Dance and Craig Lea, entertained by Best of Bond and The Lone Arranger, and enthralled by fantastic solos from our percussionist Alistair and a debut from cornet player Charlie.

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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.