/ Greater Manchester Police Band

Making A Difference In The Community Through Music

The original Police Band was formed in Salford after the funeral of a police officer in 1877. Following the amalgamation with the City Of Manchester Police in 1968, and the subsequent creation of Greater Manchester Police in 1974, the band has grown into an acclaimed 40 strong Symphonic Wind Band, coupled with an outstanding Marching Band who undertake many high profile parades and public ceremonies.

Ten years ago our highly successful Swing Band was formed playing music made famous by many of the great big bands including Glenn Miller and Count Basie. We now boast six vocalists, George Pinnington, Chief Inspector Clara Williams, Sean Perkins, Andrew Fenton, Helena Hornby and Hilary Marsden, all of whom bring a variety of popular music to our many audiences. Music from Shirley Bassey, Aretha Franklin, and Tina Turner to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Michael Buble, all feature in our Big Band performances.

We now also have a number of smaller groups including a five piece Jazz Ensemble, a Saxophone Quartet, a Dixieland Jazz Quintet, and a team of Ceremonial Fanfare Trumpeters. All these groups play regularly at many GMP events, formal civic ceremonies, both private and corporate functions, together with supporting a whole range of community engagements.

Our separate bands and ensembles are in great demand. On the creation of Greater Manchester Police in 1974 the band consisted of 35 full time police officers who undertook engagements all over the country on behalf of the force. Now with more than 50 volunteers including serving and retired police officers, together with support staff, professional musicians, teachers, and members of the wider community, our members all give up their time to represent the force.

The band is jointly coordinated and is managed by Mr Barry Frost, a retired police officer and band member for some 15 years. Barry plays the Soprano, Alto, and Tenor saxophones within the Symphonic Band, Big Band, and our smaller groups.  

We aim to make a difference in our community through music. All aspects of our band are also available for hire for any public, private, charity or community events.

For information in the first instance please contact:

  • Barry Frost on 07500033247

Email us at Police.Band@gmp.police.uk
or follow us on Facebook  via GMPBand,  or Twitter, @gmpband

The Music

The Greater Manchester Police Band

Released in 2007, this self-titled CD contains 15 tracks including "The Phantom of the Opera", "I've got you under my skin" and "La Belle Americane."

And the beat goes on album cover And the Beat Goes On

And the Beat Goes On was released in 2008 from the 16-piece Greater Manchester Police Big Band. The CD contains 15 tracks including the vocals of several GMP staff who have performed in the West End.
Concert Favourites Concert Favourites

Released in 2010, Concert Favourites contains 13 tracks including "The Simpsons" theme tune, a Michael Jackson medley and music from Les Miserables and Symphonic Marches.

How to Buy

Copies of And The Beat Goes On and Concert Favourites are available to purchase at a cost of £6 which includes postage and packaging. Please email Police.Band@gmp.police.uk to order your copy. 

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