Police Band

The Cheshire Constabulary band is currently looking for players. If you are interested, or have any questions contact david.woollam@cheshire.pnn.police.uk.

The Cheshire Constabulary band is more than 45 years old. While many Police bands have faded over the years, we are proud that in Cheshire, ours continues to thrive.

The Cheshire Constabulary band can trace its roots back to the Stockport Borough Police Band of the 1950s. Various County boundary changes led to the formation of the Cheshire Constabulary Band in 1967.

The band's primary role has always been to foster good public relations through music. Since its formation the band has played at thousands of events. The band is still as popular as ever with a full calendar of appearances this year, and next, and it is always in high demand.

At ceremonial occasions the band are proud to wear a tunic-style uniform which is associated with the more traditional image of the British Police Service. The Cheshire band is a traditional brass band unlike Greater Manchester Police and Merseyside Police bands which are of the military band configuration and include clarinets and other woodwind instruments.

Together with our corps of drums, the band gives performances at awards evenings, concerts and ceremonial occasions. The band gives numerous concert performances throughout Cheshire, and beyond. In 2010 the band was delighted to accept its very first engagement outside the UK when it made a (self-funded) trip to the European Brass and Wind band festival in Bad Schlema, Germany. The band was such a success that they were asked back in 2012 and 2013. In 2013 the band recorded their first CD.

Cheshire band recently returned to the competitive arena and over the last five years has climbed from being unranked, to second section. On that journey we had the honour of qualifying for the national finals on two occasions.

In the past, the majority of Police Force bands were made up of serving Police Officers who attended engagements, and rehearsals in ‘duty time’. Cheshire was no exception. Times have changed and the current band and corps of drums are all unpaid volunteers. They originate from all walks of life in addition to Police officers and staff.

The Cheshire Police band has recently been invited to appear at the inaugural Alpine Brass Festival which is to be held in Ellmau, Austria in October 2016. The band and corps of drums will be performing in front of international audiences including the potential for a high altitude concert on top of the Hartkaiser Mountain. They are very excited at the prospect of this visit, which will be solely self-funded.

If you wish to obtain any further information, or are interested in booking the band, please contact Musical Director Dave Woollam on 0785 789 5674 or email david.woollam@btinternet.com.