Humberside Police Concert Band
The versatility of the Humberside Police Concert Band is known throughout the country and abroad. Originally known as the Kingston Upon Hull Police Band it has performed regularly at concerts and ceremonial occasions since its formation in 1861, with the exception of a break during the Second World War.
In the last few years the Band has visited Germany on three occasions and in 1990 visited La Grande Motte in France and Hasselt in Belgium. All visits were immensely successful and the Band welcomed the opportunity to be at the forefront of developing relations with our European neighbours. In September 1993 the Band was invited to perform during the British Week in Luxembourg in the presence of The Princess of Wales. October 1996 saw the Band once again going abroad this time to Belgium where they undertook two concerts.
The band has also played for Her Majesty The Queen on a number of occasions, including the Silver Jubilee celebrations, the opening of The Humber Bridge and the Golden Jubilee celebrations of 2003. During the 1990’s the band performed as guest band on ‘The Rock’ at The Army School of Music, Kneller Hall. This followed a number of successful joint concerts with various military bands from the Army Band Service, including, the Blues and Royals, The Irish Rangers and The Royal Corps of Transport.
These memorable massed band concerts saw the band’s musicians performing at venues such as The Fairfield Halls, Croydon and The Guildhall, Preston. Sadly, the reduction in the number of army bands has meant an end to this type of concert but in more recent years the band has joined other Police Bands in a variety of performances, including a series of appearances with The West Yorkshire Police Band and an invitation to perform at the National Festival of Police Music which took place at National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
Finally, in July of 2002 and 2003, members of the Humberside Police Band were joined by colleagues in The West Yorkshire Band to perform at the internationally famous 4-Day Marches in Nijmegen in The Netherlands. This five day walking festival is attended by over 40 000 participants and the bands are used at the opening ceremony and to support the walkers along their daily routes. It is very unusual for civilian bands to be invited for two consecutive years and this has to be to the band’s credit.
The Band made seven recordings under the direction of John Lewis, who was responsible for taking the band to new heights during his 20 years as Musical Director. These recordings were titled: "Coppertones", "Humberside Police in Concert Volume 1", "Marches and Waltzes", "Humberside Police Salute 1992", "Humberside Police in Concert Volume 2", "A Night in December", "Off the Beat". Profits from these recordings have gone to the Police Welfare and Benevolent Fund. The most recent of the band’s recordings, conducted by former Musical Director, David Crowther, is titled “Beat Route” and is intended to take the listener on a virtual tour around the UK. Pieces have been carefully chosen to represent various areas of the country and these are punctuated with a fine collection of British Marches.
The Band comprises on average of 35 musicians, the majority of whom are volunteer, civilian members, who come from as far a field as Lincoln and Wakefield. The band’s new Musical Director, Brent Read, was recently appointed to the post after spending 28 years as a serving band member, 25 of those as their solo clarinet player. More recently he acted as the Band’s assistant musical director, often deputising at rehearsals and concerts. Brent hopes to use his many years experience as a band member to build on the Band’s former successes and continue to move the band forwards. He has already made a favourable impression and during his first year in post the band has gone from strength to strength, recruiting a number of new players and moving into a new Bandroom.
The Band undertakes about 35 engagements per year mainly in the Humberside Police area. These comprise of concerts, civic parades and ceremonies, dinners and performances at various outdoor venues for a whole variety of events and occasions. In addition to this the band rehearses twice per week, on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings, in the Bandroom at the Police Training Centre in Hull.
The Band is always on the look out for new players and welcomes all instrumentalists to come along and ‘have a blow’. For further details please contact the number below.
Band Secretary Julia Thompson Tel: 0776 891 6215 or via email.
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