The Band of the West Mercia Police (Steve Pritchard-Jones) celebrated its 21st birthday in style with a concert at Worcester Cathedral on Saturday 23rd May 2009. Performing to a full Cathedral the band was joined by the Worcestershire County Youth Band (Nicola Daws) and a massed choir with pupils from Walkwood Middle School, Dines Green Primary School and Worcester Area Music Centre Choir. The programme of massed and individual band items included Ravenswood, The Incredibles Theme, Broadway Spectacular and I’ll Walk with God. The Chief Constable of West Mercia Police Mr Paul West paid tribute to the band and congratulated them on the excellent amount of money raised for charity over 21 years. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to St Josephs Hospice and Acorns Hospice. The band is very pleased to announce two new signings; Neil Kerridge has joined the band on soprano from Shirley Band and Geoff Henning on bass trombone formerly of Shirley and Yeovil Town Band. Paul Hathaway has moved onto the front bench from soprano, Sue Musto has moved off the back row to take the flugel chair and Wes Nicklin has moved to 2nd trombone with George Nash filling the 1st baritone seat The West Mercia Police Band will attend the Whit Friday Marches for the first time in June. Later in the month the band are booked to perform at the new Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury with a massed choir of 250 school children and the Band and Corps of Drums of Belvidere School Shrewsbury raising funds for Hope House Children’s Hospice in Oswestry.