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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Latest News


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.


The Development Band has today announced its exciting news in the way of a new conductor. John Stuart, principle tuba in the Golden Rail Band is set to take over the Development Band conductor's role.

John is looking forward to the role, which will see him looking towards the Christmas season ahead. If you would like more info on the Development Band, or you would like to join, click here!


The Golden Rail Band are delighted to announce that they have sought a new conductor of the band, Mr Peter Andrews. A well known and respected brass bandsman, Peter has conducted prestigious bands such as Ripon City and East Riding of Yorkshire Bands to success. We all at the Golden Rail Group look forward to setting to work ready for Christmas and beyond with our brand new conductor. 


The Golden Rail Band said fond farewells to Nathan, Trevor and Pete Coombes who are all departing the band to further education and other hobbies. The band also said goodbye to band of brothers, Nicholas Eastwood and Jack Capstaff, both of whom have had spells of conducting, playing and composing for the band at some point or another. Jack, who has been accepted to the Royal Welsh College of Music to study composition and Nick, who has recently gone to further his musical career, were thanked for all the hard work and commitment that they added to the band over the years. To mark it, Nick, Jack and Peter were the house band for the evening, providing a classy and funny example of how to perform in front of an audience! It was topped off with a presentation to parting gifts and a trademark rendition of Moon River by Jack.

CONCERT - Brodsworth Hall

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. Below, you can see the band performing Adele's Set Fire to the Rain, courtesy of Noel Taylor.

FLOODING! - Cawood Craft Festival

"It never rains on the RI Bands", they say, but how wrong can they be? It looked like the mid-week rain had finally cleared for the start of the Cawood Craft Fesitval, but no such luck this year. The band played for about 30 minutes before the rain really set in, ironically during the middle of Adele's Set Fire to the Rain! Despite a hardcore team of enthusiastic audience members to keep up morale, not even dancing to Floral Dance and A Kind Of Magic could stop the downpour.

CONCERT - Goole Riverside Band Stand

The Golden Rail Band performed at a great venue on Sunday 11th August to a large and appreciative crowd. The music was played to a consistently great standard, including solos from Paul Baross, Teresa Robinson and Kate Lock. The organiser of the event said "The Band is very popular with our audience and the variety of styles appealed to all ages. A pleasure to work with". Hopefully the band will be back next year!

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. For more information, or if you would like to get involved, contact Musical Director Nicholas Eastwood on eastwood.nicholas@gmail.com.

CONCERTS - Boroughbridge and Sutton Shows


The Golden Rail Band has been performing at two local agricultural shows in recent weeks, providing musical entertainment alongside classic car shows, horse jumping and the like! Some top quality performances were listened to from a passing appreciative audience. Guest soloists such as this mystery duo playing Bruce Jackson's Embraceable You added to the frivolities. 

CONCERT - Brassed On! Festival 2013

grparliamentst.jpgFor the third time, The Golden Rail Band has been invited back to perform in the Brassed On! festival, which showcases all of York's brass bands throughout the day. The Golden Rail Band played a sterling set of music with great enthusiasm and dedication. The music, consisting of popular hits such as Adele's Set Fire to the Rain was well received by an appreciative audience. Much of the programme, which was based around the programme played at the Ripon Contest, featured Macarthur Park as its finale. Thanks to GR trombonist and Festival Director Kate Lock for letting us play again!

CONCERT - Harrogate Flower Show

Our summer season of 2013 kicked off in April with Harrogate Flower Show. A new addition to our programme, it was widely anticipated within the Band as a showcase event. We were one section of a whole day's live music sharing the stage with numerous other Yorkshire bands to entertain the thousands of visitors to the prestigious event. Despite the wind, rain and unseasonably cold weather it was a successful engagement drawing a sizable crowd.