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The Band of The Yorkshire Regiment

The Band was formed in 2008 and is one of nineteen UK-based Army Reserve Bands.  We are a military wind band based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and provide musical support to The Yorkshire Regiment and the British Army both at home, and abroad.

What We Do

As a member of the Band, most of your time will be spent improving your musical skills rehearsing in the concert band and ensembles.  We undertake a varied programme of engagements, such as; regimental dinner nights, marching displays, concerts, parades and church services.  As we are a Army Reserve band, our rehearsals and engagements are usually outside of normal working hours.

What You'll Get

Army Reserve musicians get paid to play music to a high standard, in their spare time, with like-minded people from all walks of life.  You'll get to meet new friends while improving your overall musicianship and gain both civilian and military qualifications.  You will be offered fantastic opportunities to travel too!  In the last few years alone, we have seen musicians from the Band travel to; Malawi, The Falklands, Cyprus, Germany, Zimbabwe, Bosnia, Botswana, France, South Africa, Macedonia, Netherlands and Uganda.

All rehearsals and band engagements are paid daily rates of pay with travel expenses and you will even earn holiday pay.  Army Reservists also qualify for an Army pension (pro rata).  Furthermore, you will be rewarded for your commitment to the Band, with a tax-free Training Bounty at the end of each financial year (conditions apply).

What We Expect

  • Grade 8+ on your primary instrument
  • Aged 18-49
  • Have British Nationality and Citizenship or be a Commonwealth Citizen with indefinite leave to remain in the country.
  • Be medically fit
  • Commitment

There is a minimum yearly commitment of 27 days, which includes a 16-day Annual Musical Training Event, weekend training, engagements and weekly rehearsals - Wednesday evenings 7.30 to 9.30 pm.  The Army Reserve acknowledges the personal and professional obligations of civilian life, giving flexibility to individuals to enable you to commit according to your needs. 

You will be part of a professional team - and an excellent Regimental Band. This is your chance to further your musicianship and take part in a whole new world of adventure.


The band is able to provide a wide variety of musical groups for every occasion including Marching Band, Concert Band, Mess/Dinner Band, Brass Quintet, Saxophone Quartet, Woodwind Group, Fanfare Team and Trombone Quartet

The band is very busy and always in demand, whether it is on the concert platform or on parade as a marching band. The band has also played on many occasions for our own Royal Family, in particular His Royal Highness The Duke of York, our Regimental Colonel-in-Chief.


The Yorkshire Regiment has a large number of musical pieces associated with its long history. Most notably the Regimental Quick March - Ca Ira - the only piece of music to have been won 'in action', when the 14th Regiment of Foot struck up the French revolutionary song to then defeat the old enemy at the battle of Famars in 1793.

  • "Ca Ira" - The Regimental Quick March
  • "The Duke of York" - The Regimental Slow March
  • "Yorkshire Lass" - Quick March
  • "Bonnie English Rose" - Quick March
  • "The Wellesley" - Quick March
  • "On Ilkley Moor" - Quick March
  • "God Bless The Prince of Wales" - Slow March
  • "Maria Theresa" - Slow March
  • "Destiny" - Slow March
  • "The Duchess of Kent" - Slow March
  • The Green Howards' Funeral March" - The Regimental Funeral March

Marching Band

The Band performs marching displays for the most diverse of functions. They perform extensively for military occasions but are also often seen at civilian events.

Concert Band

The concert band is extremely popular with audiences of all ages and they pride themselves on the entertaining and diverse programme of music they present whenever they appear on the concert platform.

Mess/Dinner Band

The Mess/Dinner Band is a smaller formation of the concert band.  They are able to provide a similar sound to the concert band performing a lighter programme of music.

Fanfare Team

The Band of The Yorkshire Regiment has a Fanfare Team to grace any formal or ceremonial occasion. With a versatile formation they are popular for both military and public events.

Brass Quintet

This experienced group of musicians is formed from the brass section and performs a diverse repertoire.  The Brass Quintet often performs at garden parties, weddings, dinner nights and memorial services.

Saxophone Ensemble

The Saxophone Quartet has a wide range of music from renaissance, classical, modern to jazz music. Equally at home providing support to regimental mess dinners or cocktail parties, the group gives a lift to any occasion.

Trombone Quartet

The Trombone Quartet has an extensive repertoire to suit all occasions and often provides a unique feature to any event.

Woodwind Quintet

The Woodwind Quintet offers a viable alternative to the traditional string quartet and brass quintet as the subtle characteristics of the ensemble provide music of a more delicate nature ideal for the background of a dinner or cocktail party.

Regimental Band - Contact Details

If you are interested in enquiring about vacancies in the band, E-mail us on 4YORKS-Band-Recruiter@mod.uk or contact our full-time Permanent Staff Instructor (PSI) Monday-Friday, 8.30 am - 4.30 pm. Alternatively, contact the Director of Music (DoM) on our weekly Wednesday evening Training Night, between 7.30pm - 9.30pm.

Telephone: (01484) 425492

Email: 4YORKS-Band-PSI@mod.uk

Army Reserve Centre
St Paul's Street

Band Bookings - Regional Command Tasking Cell

To enquire about booking an Army Reserve Band, first contact the relevant band before making a booking. Requests should normally be submitted 6-9 months in advance, longer notice if overseas. All engagement requests should be submitted using the Tri-Service request for service band musical support form available on the right of this page. For engagement requests inside London, please visit the CAMUS pages.

Telephone: (01252) 789 7376 / 375 / 530

Email: RC-OpsEngt-Bands-0Mailbox@mod.uk

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