Bradford Accordion Band, affectionately known as BAB, was established in 1997. Prior to the official formation of the band, a small group of local accordionists had been meeting informally to play a variety of music for pleasure. It soon became apparent that playing in a group had a number of benefits: improving playing technique, enhancing well-being and building a sociable community. BAB now meets weekly at Northowram Community Centre, situated on the outskirts of Halifax, and welcomes 30 members from all over Yorkshire and the North East. The Band, who have raised over £20,000 for local charities, have performed at countless venues across the county, including Bingley Arts Centre, The Victoria Theatre, Halifax and Ripon Racecourse.