SCpl Walsh leads the Band out of Buckingham Palace LCpl Diggle relaxes before Beating Retreat
battle between LCpl Diggle and WO1 Marsh, who was previously the Band Corporal Major, and now holds the post of Corps Regimental Sergeant Major at HQ CAMUS, Kneller Hall. Needless to say, WO1 Marsh proved that he’s not forgotten how to play, and remains a percussive musical force with which to be reckoned. The Band’s prestigious State Trumpet team, under the direction of Trumpet Major SCpl Bishop, continue to provide fanfares for the most high profile engagements and are among the busiest members of the Band. This year they have played for the State Opening of Parliament, the State Banquet for the President of Columbia, as well as the
Service of Thanksgiving for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, and The Queen’s 90th Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Adventurous Training continues to be an important part of the yearly calendar for the Band, with activities including skiing, sailing, rock climbing and mountain biking in March and October. For most Adventurous Training exercises, we are self-sufficient with our own qualified instructors. For aspiring military musicians across the country we are fast becoming a more popular career choice for recruits, and so our Recruiting Team led by CoH Wootten are kept busy organising regular Open Days and school visits to show what life in the Band (and the Corps of
Army Music) has to offer. In conclusion, the Band continues to operate at the tip of the ceremonial spear, and we are highly respected by our peers across the Household Division and the Corps of Army Music. At the time of writing we are looking forward to two weeks at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in December where we will be providing musical support to the Sovereign’s Parade in particular. We will also be performing Christmas public duties this year, including playing for the Christmas Day service at the Guards’ Chapel. Morale, as always, remains extremely high, and we look forward to whatever 2017 brings.
The mountain bikers in Bavaria
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