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‘Music has been an integral part of Durham Army Cadet Force since 1919. For many years this was as a Corps of Bugles based at the home of the former 1st Durham Cadet Battalion at Londonderry Hall in South Shields. However, following the demise in 1999 of the Territorial Army's Light Infantry Burma Band, the decision was taken to expand Army Cadet Force music in the County to full Military Band status. Today the Borneo Band (based in Chester-le-Street) comprises musicians playing the full range of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. Being a military band, performances are given both as a marching display and in concert mode.’

 

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'The Band has currently around 30 members with the drums numbering around 20. All the members serve in a voluntary capacity and have no army reserves commitment. The uniform proudly worn is that of the regular regiment which is headquartered in the Tower of London. This friendly band welcomes any musicians prepared to commit regularly to rehearsals, parades and events and who have a minimum of Grade 5 level ability.'

 

'The musicians all undertake their training at the Royal Military School of Music once selected and after an initial period of training within the Band .... They are a popular band and are always very busy. The Band has also toured to the many parts of the world and performed for both military and public events.'

 

'Encompasses talent from a mixture of ex-regular Army musicians, civilian professional musicians, music teachers and music students from the North West of England. The band performs music at many of the high-profile military events in the North West. These events can take the form of ceremonial and official parades, marching displays and concerts including smaller groups for receptions and dinners.'

'Official musical band for the Regiment and attends a variety of formal, commercial and commemorative events. Highly trained musicians, they are recruited from Bandsmen and women across the Army ... Their proud presence at special Airborne occasions and commemorative events is much-prized and hugely appreciated by serving personnel, veterans, their families and the general public.'

 

'A concert band affiliated to the Regimental Association of the Surrey Yeomanry ... It began as a Territorial Army band, but now it is an amateur concert band open to anyone who wishes to play in it ... The Band is a 30 to 40 piece concert band (also known as a wind band, or military band). It normally contains clarinets, flutes, oboe, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, horns, euphonium, bass, drums and percussion, but can contain almost any wind or brass instrument.'

 

‘The Corps of Army Music is the public face of the Army and supports National and Defence interests around the globe, where its specialist musical abilities cross international languages and cultures: 7x Symphonic wind bands - marching and traditional music; 2x Wind bands - marching and traditional music; 6x Multi capability bands - marching and contemporary music; 3x Brass bands - marching and traditional music; 1x String orchestra; 3x Specialist bands - modern pop music.’

 

‘Making music for more than 200 years ... one of the oldest military bands in the country. The band has a huge repertoire of military, classical and light music and gives regular public concerts throughout the year. You can book the band for private engagements and we can help you support a charity event too. We're proud to welcome musicians of a reasonable playing standard ages 16 to 80 – come along and try us out! ... Joining the Essex Yeomanry represents a considerable investment on our part. Each uniform costs us £500 and we often have to alter clothing to fit new members. We try to avoid the pressure of formal auditions and you are welcome to join us for rehearsals although not necessarily to perform in concerts. Once you have demonstrated a commitment to us and we feel that you would be a valued member of the band, you will be formally invited to join.‘

 

‘Under the command of its Principal Director of Music, Headquarters Royal Air Force Music Services administers 177 professional musicians who provide musical support for the Royal Air Force at public and military events around the world.‘

 

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‘Regarded as the world’s most versatile military music organisation, the Royal Marines Band Service is the public face of the Naval Service, playing at some of the most important ceremonial events. You’ll be playing a key role in our defence diplomacy strategy, working with our partners and performing for important dignitaries all over the world.’

 

‘Seven British Army regiments serving Her Majesty ... with the unique responsibility for delivering State Ceremonial and Public Duties, primarily in London & Windsor ... State Ceremonial includes events such as The Queen's Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour), State Opening of Parliament, State Visit, the national act of remembrance at the Cenotaph and bespoke events of national importance. Public Duties include mounting the Queen's Life Guards at Horse Guards, The Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and at Windsor Castle along with Guards of Honour and ceremonial Guards.’ The Bands of the seven Regiments also appear each year at a wide variety of concerts in London and other parts of the UK.

 

'A concert band based in South Yorkshire ... The band's status and profile dictates that members must be of a suitably high standard. As a guide this should be minimum Grade VI and preferably with some experience of ensemble playing. Ex-military musicians are always welcome, however membership is open to all of suitable ability ... Members are asked to be available for as many engagements as possible, which means attendance at weekly rehearsals and events is very important and a high level of commitment is expected.'

 

'Can trace its history back to 1860 when it was formed as a Volunteer Corps in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Today, the band forms an integral part of the Yorkshire Volunteers Regimental Association, performing throughout the UK and Europe in both concert and marching band formations.'

 

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