York RI Band History

York Railway Institute Band is a constituent part of York RI - a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registration number 1165513. We are a contesting band, competing in the Championship Section in the North of England Region of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

York Railway Institute Band was founded by Noah Bruce, its leader for 31 years. Originally named Chaucer Street Mission Band and later known as York and District Mission and Temperance Band, York Excelsior Brass Band, York Home Guard Band and Ebor Excelsior Silver Band, it took on the name of York Railway Institute Band after allying itself to York Railway Institute following a merger of the Ebor Excelsior Silver Band and the York City Band in 1952 - the majority of members being railwaymen at that time. The current band can therefore claim a heritage going back to 1883!

It was the first band in the area to achieve 'Championship Section' status, competing at the very highest level for many years. Many outstanding players have started their careers at the 'Institute' and have gone on to play for the very best bands and orchestras in the world.

York Railway Institute Band has established a reputation for entertaining the public with its lively concert performances, and regularly appears at theatres, halls and concert venues all over the UK.


These are no longer available but included as part of the Band's history.

Mainline Brass

Conductor: Derek Warley

  1. March - Birdcage Walk
  2. Breezin' Down Broadway
  3. Hymn - Ewecote
  4. A Fanfare of Praise
  5. He ain't Heavy - He's my Brother
  6. Hine e Hine
  7. Lay All Your Love on Me
  8. March - O.R.B.
  9. On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss
  10. Macarthur Park
  11. Share My Yoke
  12. Palladio
  13. Sparkling Diamonds
  14. Silver Threads among the Gold
  15. That's a Plenty

Tracks of Brass

Conductor: Derek Warley

  1. Barnard Castle
  2. Light Cavalry
  3. Tritsch Tratsch Polka
  4. The Lost Chord
  5. The Way You Look Tonight
  6. Honest Toil
  7. Father Rhine
  8. I Don't Know How To Love Him
  9. Nights in White Satin
  10. Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
  11. Star Wars
  12. Holyrood

Brass on Track

Conductor: Ted Pratt

With Robert Hartley (Piano)

  1. The Champions
  2. Belle of the Ball
  3. Cheerful Chuba
  4. Cavatina
  5. Coronation Scot
  6. West Country Fantasy
  7. Florentiner March
  8. Jealousy
  9. Blaydon Races
  10. Deep Purple
  11. Amazing Grace
  12. Alte Kameraden