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 and also cornet players to augment its front row. Any interested parties should make contact via the website.

SUMMER 2014........

Our summer season of 2014 began in style with our contribution to Malton Band’s Charity play-a-thon. An astounding 24 hours of brass band music in the historic setting of St Michael’s Church was completed to raise funds for the Martin House Hospice. The Golden Rail Band’s contribution was well received and a solid start to our summer programme. Our participation culminated with three joint pieces played together with the Development Band prior to their own excellent set.

With the end of May so came one of the Band's regular engagements at Poppleton Children's Sports Day. Against a backdrop of races, picnics, fancy dress and 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 June rolled on the Band once again took to the road marching through Boston Spa to open the festivities at their annual Gala. With only a short set to follow the march, the Band entertained the audience with highlights including Salute to Sullivan, Mary Poppins medley and solos from the principle cornet and the soprano players.

A highlight of the York Brass Band calendar saw Golden Rail contribute to Brassed On! 2014. Spread across two major stages this event features all of York's bands throughout the day including GR Development Band and the RI Band, sister bands of Golden Rail. Whilst Black Dyke also made a contribution the day was stolen for those in Golden Rail by the special honour of performing the world premiere of Eboracum – a march penned by our very own principle Euphonium player Bruce Jackson in homage to the city of York.

The Band welcomed their return to West Bank Park’s Summer Fair this year with a varied programme designed to serenade, entice and enthral all those who passed by as they took in the wider sights and sounds of the Show. The audience was appreciative of the sight, sound and enthusiasm of the Band as well as the glorious weather!

CONCERT - Brodsworth Hall - August Bank Holiday Monday 2013

The Golden Rail Band said goodbye to drummer Nathan Giles, cornet player Trevor Boulton and conductor Nicholas Eastwood with a brilliant concert on the veranda of Brodsworth Hall. Greeted by hundreds of Bank Holiday Monday tourists as well as brass band lovers, the band treated the audience to a delightful concert in the beautiful weather. Here you can see the band performing Adele's Set Fire to the Rain, courtesy of Noel Taylor.

DEVELOPMENT BAND - New Absolute Beginners Sessions

It is with great pleasure that the Golden Rail Band are setting 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 6.30 down at the York RI Band Room.