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City of Bradford Brass Band

At the turn of the twentieth century in the Yorkshire Village of Saltaire a brass band was formed and operated for many years representing Salts Mill.

In 1947 Hammonds Sauce Company Limited sponsored the band and changed its name to the Hammonds Sauce Works Band.

In June 1993 the long association with Hammonds came to an end and the Yorkshire Building Society took over the sponsorship of the family of three brass bands. The middle band which was known as Hammonds Hawley Band became the Yorkshire Building Society Concert Brass. This new name brought with it a new determination and focus, going from strength to strength climbing the divisions from 4th to 1st and representing Yorkshire at the National Brass Band Finals several times.

The "Elephant" Sculpture in Hamm, Germany In 2006 the Yorkshire Building Society decided to end their sponsorship. As the band was already well known as the Yorkshire Building Society Concert Brass, they decided to keep the YBS name, and became the YBS Concert Brass.

In 2009 the band decided it was time to move away from the YBS name and approached the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council. The band was given permission to use the coat of arms of the City of Bradford, and became The City of Bradford Brass Band.

The band is twinned with the Music School in Hamm, Germany, the twin town of Shipley and Bradford and was honoured to play at the 775th Anniversary celebrations of the City Charter. Over three thousand people were involved in the parade in which the Concert Brass took pride of place following the Lord Mayor. The Band and the Hamm Music School have visited each other several times since then and have received another invitation for next year.

Lord Mayors' Concert, Bradford Cathedral Charity concerts given by the band have raised much-needed funds for a wide range of worthy causes throughout the UK. The band frequently plays in Bradford Cathedral for successive Lord Mayors in aid of their own charity and inauguration.

The band has a loyal following of music lovers and has an extremely varied repertoire, from classical masterpieces to modern day popular music, including Glen Miller, jazz, pop and modern musicals.

They have played at many differing concert venues, from football matches at Bradford City to weddings, private dinners and garden parties.