What is the Headquarters RAF Music Services?

Introduction

Headquarters Music Services (HQMS) is the entity that oversees all three military bands in the Royal Air Force (RAF).

Background

The Central Band with the RAF Salon Orchestra, the Band of the RAF Regiment and the Band of the RAF College. Acting as the RAF’s version of the British Army’s Royal Corps of Army Music, it is part of Royal Air Force Music Services, which is the larger organisational body for RAF bands.

The HQMS also provides training courses to all musical personnel and overseers the introduction of new personnel into RAF bands. The HQMS is based out of RAF Northolt in Greater London. The Principal Director of Music, a Wing Commander (OF-4), is the officer in charge of RAF Music Services.

The Wing Commander is accompanied by a Squadron Leader (OF-3) as Director of Music for HQMS, as well as an executive team of 1 Warrant Officer, 5 Flight Sergeants, 1 Sergeant & 1 Corporal who are all musicians and two civilians.

Since 1951, bronze and silver medals have been awarded to music students by the HQMS.

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