The history of the City of Bradford Brass Band can be traced back to the early twentieth century and the Salt’s Mill Band of Saltaire. The band has had a number of different sponsors and names over the years, including Hammonds Hawley Brass Band and Yorkshire Building Society Concert Brass. In 2006, the Yorkshire Building Society unfortunately had to withdraw their funding and the band became an entity in its own right. In 2009 it was decided that a new direction was needed and after a discussion with the District Council the band was given the permission to use the city’s coat of arms and officially name themselves the City of Bradford Brass Band.
The band has performed at a range of prestigious events, performing at the ordination of the Bishop of Bradford. In April of this year the band appeared on the BBC News, having performed in Ilkley for the Royal Wedding celebrations. The band also performs at numerous charity events and has raised money for a wide variety of causes.
In 2010 the band competed in the second section at the Northern Open Brass Band Championships and secured first place. The band came fourth at this year’s Butlin’s Mineworkers Championships and recently took home several trophies at the Whit Friday March Contest, Hebden Bridge March Contest, and the Morley March and Hymn Tune Contest.
In 2013 the band was promoted to the first section and came 3rd in the Yorkshire Area Brass Band Championships narrowly missing out on on promotion to the Championship section.