York RI Golden Rail Band, and York RI Development Band are constituent parts of York RI - a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registration number 1165513

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 band is always happy to welcome new members in all sections.  CORNET players (especially front row) are particularly welcome!!! Turn up on band night or email bvjackson@gmail.com - 07871 169121

James Lolley - Our new musical director

James has taken over from Kevin Moxen, and will take us through into 2018. The band has been sorry to see Kevin (and his wife Jayne - playing an excellent, occasional flugel) leave us, but pressure of work and even more opportunities for Kevin to demonstrate his superb soprano cornet playing, means that we have had to say cheerio.

James has wide musical interests and talents - not just with brass bands. He has played with Golden Rail as principal cornet for a while - but how do you conduct and play
at the same time? All applications for front row cornet players therefore gratefully received.

James is currently a PhD student at York University - his first degree was in physics - so at least he understands how everything works!

INTO 2016...

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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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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.