Greater Manchester Police Band
The Greater Manchester Police Band came about as a result of a fiasco. A band was hired to play at the funeral of a policeman who was killed on duty in the 1870s, and they played so badly that it prompted musicians within the City Police to form their own band.
In 1968 the band became the Manchester and Salford Police Band, and with the amalgamation of Police forces, in 1974, it was again renamed as the Greater Manchester Police Band. The musicians comprise of serving and retired police officers, support staff from the police and civilian members of the community, which boasts to be one of the best wind bands in the North West.
All the players are volunteers and give up their spare time to be part of the band.
As well as the wind band, the GMP band has an 18 piece "big band", playing music by Glenn Miller and the swing era, also the Ceremonial Trumpeters play regularly at civic functions and high profile engagements.
To contact the band, please email to the Police Band or call 0161 856 2284.
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.
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.