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Back Row Cornet
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Where to find us

York Railway Institute, Queen Street, York, YO24 1AD (close to York Station) map

Rehearsal times

Mondays and Thursdays from 8pm to 10pm

Contact details

Please telephone our Secretary, Martyn Williams, on 07921 568826 or e-mail



All photographs are by members and friends of the Band, unless otherwise stated.

We are always pleased to receive comments on our performances. Here is a selection:-

"A massive thanks to you and the band for yesterday. I thought the band sounded superb! All the very best to everyone for Christmas and the New Year."

"Just a quick line to thank you and the band for performing for us on Sunday. Sorry I couldn't be there on this occasion, but feedback received has been excellent once again."

"I have had a busy few days since the concert. It was a resounding success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. We have had some really lovely comments from people since then. Please convey our enormous thanks to all the Band members and please tell them how very much everyone enjoyed their music. It was a quite enchanting evening and by far the best we have hosted so far. I’m sure you will be a very popular return performance if you will be willing to come back? I hope the Band enjoyed the evening as much as we all did it really was a resounding success."

"We particularly enjoyed your band which was so lovely to listen to and made the evening so rural and unique."

"Several people came up to me today and said how much they enjoyed the concert yesterday - even this afternoon at the Cream Tea gathering they were full of it. Well done to you ALL - the dynamics were superb. Anyone can blow hard all of the time but it takes aficionados to play properly !! See you all in December. Yours David D"

"I was impressed with your band. I have worked with the 3 RAF professional bands, as well as a number of youth amateur bands and you rate very highly. Your director generates a wonderful close sound that filled the Minster admirably."

"Please will you pass my grateful thanks to the York R I band for yesterday’s concert a success, It was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience and the standard of playing was superb. You lot must be getting used to accolades now."

"Thoroughly enjoyed your splendid concert at Howden Minster yesterday. Thanks from the 3 of us, we had a very enjoyable afternoon."

"Excellent playing by the Railway band yesterday really enjoyed it – well done!"

"I just wanted to say how much I and my husband enjoyed your concert in Howden Minster earlier today. We listen to many bands all over the place and your music was so enjoyable and all the soloists were excellent. We hope to get along to your next concert in a couple of weeks' time. Thank you."

"The York Railway Institute Band were the perfect choice to kick-off our international conference. Wonderful music played by a smartly turned-out and very talented brass band. The delegates from overseas particularly enjoyed the music."

"Hello Everyone
Within the next few days you will receive an official thank you from York's Annual Community Carol Concert for your attendance and performance today at the Barbican. But can I just send you a quick email to thank you all for a tremendous afternoon - I hope you all enjoyed yourselves in front of a capacity audience. I can advise you all that this will have been the most successful Carol Concert ever with the amount raised for the appropriate charities. This would not have been achieved if we had not had the support of all your choirs/bands families and friends turning out to watch and listen and be entertained by you all. What a great afternoon it was. Well done to you all - and thank you so much."

"Dear Gordon,
On behalf of the Trustees of the Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Air Forces Memorial I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Railway Institute Band for your excellent performances at the Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary & Allied Air Forces Commemoration Day on Sunday 5th September.
It was indeed a wonderful occasion enhanced by the presence of your well presented band providing a fitting accompaniment to the Service and the Sunset Ceremony. We would also like to single out your young soloist who played the Last Post so poignantly. Several people commented that this was the best rendition they have ever heard of what is a challenging piece, especially in an occasion such as this, so really well done to him.
Our principle guests, Sir Stephen Dalton, Chief of the Air Staff, and Lady Dalton enjoyed the day enormously and have passed on their congratulations to all concerned.
We look forward to working with you once again in future occasions and thanks also for the very nice write up of the day on your website!
Yours sincerely,"

"Dear Gordon
Just wanted to say how much we all enjoyed the brass band music on Saturday - it was a real treat from a group of very talented and dedicated musicians. It was also a delight to see so many young people in the band, and so smartly dressed too! It was a splendid 'turn'. Thank you also for permitting me to 'conduct' - not too bad a shot (I think) but I did get out of time from time to time, so it was a good job that you were there on the sidelines!
We hope that the Sunday concert went well, and trust that the weather was also with you then. Our very best wishes for the finals in September. Unfortunately, we will not be able to attend as we will be just returning from France.
Our very best wishes, and thanks."

"The evening was a great success thank you very much, due in no small part to the fantastic music provided by your band. Please pass on our thanks to everyone that took part and we will most certainly bear you in mind for the future. All the very best and Season's Greetings,"

"I would just like to express my personal gratitude for the playing of the band on Sunday morning. The accompaniment was exemplary superb tempo and above all not too loud (I used to conduct the Remembrance Service with a local band playing - always way too loudly) but the YRI players found just the right tone. Everyone connected with the band should be very proud of their musicianship. Once again thank you for making such a grand contribution to the worship"

"Just writing to say how much we all enjoyed the bands performance on Sunday. Whilst the venue for the Month of Sunday Concerts is a lovely one, the temperature in the sun was unbearable and still the band gave us a wonderful concert. Needless to say, we will be asking you to play for us again soon.
It is great also to see a band so well turned out!"

"Please pass on our thanks to Derek Warley and the members of York Railway Institute Brass Band for making our Sunday afternoon in Howden so brilliant. Having loved brass bands from being a very small boy it gave me particular pleasure and my wife, Marilyn equal pleasure in listening to quality musicians playing quality music.
With my kind regards,"

"May we express our appreciation and that of those who attended the superb concert on the 9th May 2009. To Derek for a varied, entertaining and enjoyable programme and to the players for such a polished performance."

"Christmas seems a long time ago now but people are still commenting on just how much they enjoyed the band at our annual carol huge popular request we would love you all to come back and play for us again."

"Just to say a massive thank you to all band members who made our wedding day so special! The music was perfect and everyone really enjoyed it."

"We would like to thank the York Railway Institute Band for helping to make our wedding such a memorable and enjoyable day. We thought you sounded magnificent and all our guests commented so positively about them. It really did make our day."

"I wanted to write and thank you and the band for playing as guests were arriving for the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence. You all looked great and the music provided a lovely festive atmosphere for our was much appreciated and a great success (as was the whole evening)."

"Everyone enjoyed your excellent concert and we sincerely hope you will come again this year."

"We would like to say thank you to everyone who took part in the York Community Carol Concert. As always you entertained superbly before, during and, indeed, after the concert...a feat of stamina itself!"

"The carol concert was an outstanding success, everyone loved it and felt it was the best we had ever had. The band and the music were just perfect. Please thank everyone for making it such a special and memorable evening and I do hope we can do it again sometime."

"I would like to thank the band members for coming to play for the service users at Christmas. I know it is a busy time for all of you and we appreciate the fact that you went out of your way to come to the centre. Everyone really enjoyed the morning."

"Once again we enjoyed an extremely good Trafalgar Day Parade due to the excellent playing of the band, which we all appreciated...I do hope you can pencil us in for next year."

"Sincere thanks to you all for a splendid evening, please book again next year."