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Durham Constabulary Band

The Durham Constabulary Band came into being when the Sunderland Borough Police amalgamated with Durham County Police on the 1st April 1967.

The Durham Police Authority provided the band with new instruments in 1968. The band quickly established itself and fulfilled engagements in the Durham County area and surrounding districts. It has also competed in various Brass Band contests at both local and national levels, with considerable success.

As a result of the re-organisation of local government and the Police Force boundaries in April 1974, the majority of Band personnel became members of the new Northumbria Police Force and had, therefore, to leave the band. The enthusiasm of the remaining members of the Band together with the support of the then Chief Constable and indeed, succeeding Chief Constables, resulted in the Band being reformed and built up to its present membership.

For many years now it has been the policy of Durham Constabulary to promote and enhance relations within the Community. The Durham Constabulary Brass Band forms a small but non the less vital part of the Force Community Relations, working hard to strengthen the present excellent understanding between the Police and the Public.