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 withdrew sponsorship and the band became an entity in its own right. In 2009 the band struck out in a new direction and following discussions with Bradford Metropolitan District Council, was granted permission to use the city’s coat of arms and officially name themselves the City of Bradford Brass Band. Under this banner the band has flourished, representing Yorkshire three times at the National finals and taking its place in the world’s banding elite through promotion to the Yorkshire championship section in January 2015.