Ripon City Band

Located in the North Yorkshire city of Ripon, we are proud to be a Championship Section Brass Band. There has been a brass band in Ripon for many years and the current band’s history can be traced back to 1860.  The band is fortunate to have its own band room just outside Ripon in the village of Melmerby which is currently being renovated for our use. 

Ripon City Band is a traditional brass band; we enjoy playing hymns and marches but we are also comfortable playing overtures and popular music. This versatility ensures that we can perform at all kinds of different events and in any venue. We are equally at home under a bandstand or on a village green, inside a hotel or under canvas. We organise our own fundraising concerts but we are always happy to provide music for any event, however large or small, with a small ensemble or the full band, taking centre stage or providing the background music.

COVID19: We are taking our guidance from Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) which allows us to rehearse and perform provided social distancing is in place. The band, however, puts everyone's safety first and foremost, and therefore each event will be carefully planned, risk assessed, and only go ahead if we are 100% satisfied we have considered everything.   



We are looking for a couple of Cornet players to join our team as we rehearse for our next competition. The North of England Areas - March 20th. Fancy it?................. Drop us an email in the strictest confidence. 

We would also welcome some help in the Shed Building/Percussion Section - Fancy hitting something noisy? ............... Drop us an email.




Contact us 

Keith Graham - Chairman

Linda Graham - Secretary

Paulette Morton - Contest Secretary


Latest News

New Home - The Old Chapel Melmerby

We've done it. We raised enough money through our band members' crowdfunding to buy a bigger place! 

The Old Chapel as Melmerby is just perfect for our needs. Loads of space for rehearsal, concerts, storage, and even socialising. It will accommodate our main and training bands easily. It needs some work to get it exactly as we want it but what a great team we have. Only 1 week in and already we have a big open space with a new floor - One happy band smiley 




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Wetherby Bandstand

We were delighted to be able to work with Wetherby Riverside Trust and open their Summer Season by performing, near the bandstand, in a secure and safe environment. 

Great fun and so glad to be back playing as a band after 15 months off! 


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Where to find us

The Old Chapel, Melmerby 

Tuesdays and Fridays 

Music Stand Sponsor

Fountains Abbey 2018

Ripon City Band

Ripon Band Crest