Police Bands have entertained the public in West Yorkshire for over a century. Bradford
City Police Band was formed as long ago as 1899, with Leeds City following some fifteen
years later. In 1974 the Leeds and Bradford forces amalgamated to form The West Yorkshire
Metropolitan Police, and both bands merged at that time to become The West Yorkshire
Police Band. Initially military in style, with woodwind, brass and percussion, in
1984 a new ethos was agreed and from that date the band has been styled in the traditional
Brass Band format. Originally composed of serving Police Officers, the Band now also
draws from the wider Police Family, retired Police officers, and members of the public.
Since its inception, the Band appears nationwide for charitable organisations in
concerts and parades, and channels all proceeds to the West Yorkshire Police Community
Trust (est. 1996). This Trust focuses its grant programme on the promotion of a Safer
Community with over £100,000 being awarded through grants. The band practices on
a Monday and Thursday in the Lecture theatre at The Force Training School, Bishopgarth,
Wakefield 20:00 till 21:30 new players always welcome.