Contact Us

The best way to get in touch with us is by sending an email to The band is staffed by volunteers, so we might not be able to get back to you straight away, but we'll normally reply within 24 hours.

Alternatively if you would prefer to speak to a person then please contact Kevin on 07701 335255.

Band Chairman - Kevin Fisher MBE

Kevin served with the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service for many years, ultimately being awarded the MBE for his service. He remains very engaged with the service, and now princiapally as the Chairman of the band.

He originally took up playing the cornet many years ago and still occasionally takes the opportunity for a blow when he gets the chance.

Musical Director – Ritchie Howard

D. Ritchie Howard V.R. G.D.B.M. (S.C.o.T) P.G.C.E.

At the age of 14 Ritchie started to learn the clarinet and began playing with the Adamson Military Band. In 1988 he qualified with a Graduate Diploma in Band Musicianship from University College Salford, where he studied performance and conducting under Roy Newsome, Elgar Howarth and Major Peter Parkes.

Following from his time in Salford, Ritchie then went on to attend Bretton Hall College where he gained his Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

In 1989 he started his career as a music teacher at Tameside Education Authority before becoming the Head of Expressive Arts at Hattersley High School for 5 years. He was then promoted to Head of Music at Hartshead High School in Ashton-Under-Lyne. A few years later in 2008, Ritchie was then promoted again to Secondary Music Curriculum Leader for Tameside Music Service.

Outside of normal working life, Ritchie also progressed a parallel musical career. In his early 20s, Ritchie began conducting community bands and in 1993 enlisted into the Lancashire Artillery Volunteers Band as a clarinet and saxophone player. Four years later in 1997 he went on to be appointed their Bandmaster. In addition, he has worked with various bands on concert tours abroad including numerous places in Western Europe, Russia and Kuwait amongst others. In 1998, he was appointed Director of Music for the Keele University Concert Band.

In April 2011 Ritchie was appointed Bandmaster of the Yorkshire Volunteers Band, which forms part of the Yorkshire Volunteers Regimental Association and in 2020 Ritchie was additioanlly appointed as Musical Director to the WYFRS band.

Band Manager – Jemma Colquhoun

Jemma is originally from the North East and started playing cornet at the age of 12. She has played in various ensembles from Brass Bands to Swing Bands in the North East and Yorkshire.

She relocated from the north east to Yorkshire to follow her studies in performing arts in 1996. Jemma joined the band in 2009 as a cornet/trumpet player. Jemma over the years has assisted the management team in recruitment, media and band social activities before being asked to be the band secretary in 2018, Jemma then became the band manager in January 2019.

Deputy Musical Director - Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson

Brian started playing the trumpet at the age of 13, and soon transferred to playing the cornet when he joined Hall Royd Band of Shipley. He moved to the Haworth Band in the late 1970s and in the mid 1980s became deputy conductor and then conductor.

After a short break in his banding life he moved to the Skipton Band in the early 1990s as a cornet player. He became the conductor of Skipton Band in the late 1990s. Brian has taken part in a number of recordings in his playing career, and made several radio and TV appearances both as a player and conductor.

In October 2005, Brian Anderson was appointed the Deputy Conductor for the WYFRS Band.

Drum Major - Jonathan Carr

Inspired by the local music service in Wakefield, Jonathan first picked up a pair of drum sticks when he was just seven years old. He soon joined the local youth orchestra and concert band. 

Some twenty years (or so!) later he now plays for several musical groups around Yorkshire. Despite never being a member of HM armed forces, Jonathan has been involved with a number of Military bands, both professional and amateur, which is where his love for this style of performance came from.  He joined the WYFRS Band as a tuned percussionist in 2007 and was appointed as Drum Major in September 2011.

Whilst he was working away over the last couple of years Jonathan had a sabbatical, but has recently returned to the front, and in 2021 will be spearheading our presence on the parade ground!

Treasurer - Andrew Field

Andrew Field

Andrew has been playing tuba since around the age of 12, starting out mainly in local brass bands. He has only ever played music for a hobby, yet throughout his musical career he has played in some of the best UK venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Wembley, Cardiff International Arena and the Birmingham Symphony hall. Further to this, Andrew’s musical travels have spanned across Europe, playing at international tattoos, and as far afield as the USA – and all whilst carrying a tuba!

Andrew joined the WYFRS band in 2003 and became treasurer in 2005. He plays in most groups that the band has and is delighted to have seen the band grow from strength to strength over the last few years.

George Jenkins - Media, Advertising & Recruitment

George started playing the saxophone whilst at school and has played for various bands and ensembles over the past few years.

He joined the Fire Service Band in 2016 as a saxophonist and took up his position in the management team in 2018. George is currently studying for a BSc in Product Design at The University of Huddersfield and will graduate in 2021. He is responsible for all the bands marketing and publicity along with running the social media platforms.

Andy Mitchell – Music Liaison

Andy MItchell formerly played for HM Forces eventually based in Catterick, from where he retired a few years ago. He is a very experienced member of the band in aspects of the military side of our performance and musicianship.

Matthew Costello - Projects

Matthew beceme a member of the managemnt team following from his wife Rachel playing in the band. Matthew took on the role of Band Manager in 2015, however recent changes to work and familiy commitments meant that Matt needed to step down from the role.

Matt's skills remain valuable to the band and we couldn't let it go, subsequently it was decided that he would handle certain projects as and when required.

Our postal address is:

The Band of The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
c/o Andrew Field, Oakroyd Hall
Bradford Road, Birkenshaw, West Yorkshire
BD11 2DY

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