Cheshire Constabulary Band – Friday 21st April 7:30pm – £10
The Band of the Cheshire Constabulary was formed in 1967 although it has its roots in the Stockport Borough Police Band of the 1950s. In its history the band has performed at many prestigious venues, including numerous civil occasions and has had the honour of playing at Royal events.
The band is primarily a concert band, and proud to be so. In 2008 the band returned to the contest stage after a long absence and has steadily risen up the ranks and has just reached the first section. In doing so it has qualifying for no less than four National Finals.
Our fine “Corps of Drums” has also flourished. In addition to leading the band on parades, it appears in its own right and is performs over recent years and is constantly in demand both here and abroad performing in Ypres, Normandy and Leiden Holland.
The Band & Drums are extremely popular and are often fully booked 12 months in advance. Nowadays it consists of musicians from all walks of life, not just the Police and is very much representative of the wider community in Cheshire.
Since 2010 the band has spread its wings somewhat, undertaking three self funded visits to the European Brass Festival in Germany. Further more In October 2016 the band performed at the very first international music festival in Ellmau Austria and 2017 once e again will see a return visit to Germany.
The band has recorded two CDs both which are available on the night
Retired Inspector David Woollam, was appointed as Musical; Director in 2007. It was in many respects a return to his roots having been first played for the band as a teenager back in 1975. There is quite a family connection; his father John (who was also a Cheshire Police Officer and member of the band) introduced him to the band in 1975. 15 very happy years followed during which he met his future wife Rachel (who incidentally now plays Principal Cornet for the band).
An accomplished Euphonium player (in his day!) he was always a committed musician and he is extremely proud of the band and of his 40 year connection with Cheshire Constabulary.
The Band & Drums appear by kind permission of the Chief Constable Mr Simon Byrne.
More information can be found at www.cheshirepoliceband.co.uk or visit our Facebook page under ” Band and drums of the Cheshire Constabulary”