Santa Baby live!

The GMP Big Band performed at the Winter Wonderland spectacular at Event City on Saturday 17 December.

Here's a short clip of Chief Inspector Clara Williams, together with Andy Fenton, Clare Prior, Carol Rogers and Sarah Kent performing 'Santa Baby'

This is the band's second year performing at Winter Wonderland and we were happy to perform for so many people, especially those in the big queue to see Father Christmas himself!

Thank you to the organisers for inviting us to be part of your amazing event.


Big Band at the GMP STARS awards – 14 October 2016

On Friday 14 October Greater Manchester Police held the Chief Constable's STARS awards to recognise the exceptional work that takes place on a daily basis across the Force.

The ceremony was presented by television actress Jennie McAlpine, also known as Fiz from Coronation Street, and was held at the Imperial War Museum. The GMP Big Band were invited to perform after the awards ceremony.

The awards recognise colleagues and volunteers who have gone above and beyond, by providing someone with life-enhancing customer care or support, helping to enhance the reputation of the force or their work has had an impact at a national level.

Colleagues nominated one another, including teams, volunteers and office staff for the STARS awards (STARS stands for Safety, Teamwork, Action, Respect and Service). Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, with the help of a panel of colleagues from across the force decided on the final winners of the awards.

image005Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “All the nominations for the STARS Awards were incredibly strong; it’s great to see the commitment and dedication our colleagues and volunteers have to GMP and the public we serve.

“The judges had a really tough job to narrow down all the nominations, which just shows us the final winners are extra special; they have gone that step further to make sure they really make a positive difference.

“I want to congratulate everyone who was nominated and of course all the winners and thank you all for your hard work and continued commitment to the force. I would also like to thank Jennie McAlpine for giving up her time for free to support GMP in this way.”

The GMP Big Band were delighted to be part of the evening's entertainment and pleased to see people singing along and dancing away at the end of the night.

On the night, over £1500 was raised in the raffle for Mood Swings - a mental health charity supported by Jennie McAlpine.

Is that the sound of sleigh bells?!

Yes, when you're a musician, Christmas starts in September!

Now the band are back in full swing after the summer break (with the odd gig!) rehearsals have started again, and we are busy preparing for the 30+ concerts in the diary between now and Christmas.

Yes, it's a packed festive season as always, and we're looking forward to charity concerts, awards ceremonies, carol concerts and much more. The volunteers of GMP Band affectionately refer to this as silly-season! Out come the sleigh bells, chimes, and of course, the Christmas music.

We'd love you to come along and see us at one (or all!) of our events. With all our ensembles out and about in Greater Manchester (and beyond) over the next few months, there'll be a concert near you, and we hope to see you there!

Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for news of upcoming events. We'll be posting events, photos and videos here on our website too.

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A summer break

saxophone-1531253_640The band has had a short break over the summer, apart from a couple of fabulous engagements that we couldn't turn down! Come September, we will be starting with more performances throughout Greater Manchester, and beyond.

The Big Band, Concert Band, Dixie Group and Sax Quartet will be out and about, and getting busier as the festive season approaches.

Have a look at our upcoming events section to see where you can catch us.

We’ve won an award!

The volunteers of GMP Band nominated for the Police Support Volunteer Team award at this year's Citizens in Policing Awards, and we are delighted to tell you that we won! Volunteer Awards 12

The annual awards, this year timed to coincide with National Volunteering Week, were attended by nominees from across GMP's voluntary sector, and distinguished guests including The Lord Lieutenant (as the Queen's representative), The High Sheriff, The Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, our Chief Constable, and a number of high profile sponsors.

FullSizeRenderMembers of the GMP sax quartet, who were also performing at the event, were invited to accept the award on behalf of GMP band. They were presented with their certificate by CC Ian Hopkins and Adrian Bloor from Police Mutual - one of the event sponsors (pictured).


Barry Frost, Band Manager said:

"The sax quartet were very happy to accept this award on behalf of the band volunteers. It's wonderful to be recognised by the wider GMP family and an honour to be nominated, never mind win! All the nominees were worthy winners so it was a surprise when our name was announced. It was great to be part of the event."

The band were recognised for their combined contributions, which include over 10,000 hours volunteered annually and performing to over 60,000 people every year. When you include huge events such as Manchester Pride and the Manchester Day Parade, this number rockets to over a million people!

The band have also helped to raise over £260,000 for charity through their performances.

Read more about the awards, including the winners of other categories, on the GMP websiteimage1

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We post news, upcoming gigs, photos from our events and more!


GMP Museum

Go back in time and see more about the band's history with our fabulous friends at the GMP museum. With archives and  exhibits detailing the long and varied history of policing in Manchester, it's a fascinating and unique experience.

The museum is open to the public every Tuesday. Entry is FREE!

Private tours can also be arranged for groups of 5-25 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please contact the museum for more details.

Performing for charity

Many of the events that GMP Band perform at are held to raise funds for charities and local community groups. From large, national charities to very small, local ones, the band are proud of their involvement in these charity events and of being able to support the communities of Greater Manchester and beyond.

Our manager, Barry, keeps a running total of how much each event raises, and we are absolutely thrilled to say that through our performances we have helped the organisers of these fabulous events to raise over quarter of a million pounds

With lots more gigs coming throughout 2016, why not have a look at our events page and book tickets to see the band. You can help raise money for charity, get involved in your local community and have a top evening of entertainment from GMP band!

And if you're thinking of booking us for an event that you're organising, please do get in touch with Barry (details on the Contact page) for a chat about band availability and what ensemble could work for you. His vast experience in organising the band for events will mean that your fundraiser will be swinging!

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