A Brief Overview of British Military Bands

Introduction This article provides a brief outline of the bands within the British Armed Forces. Royal Air Force Bands Royal Air Force Music Services has its origins in the RAF School of Music which was established by Walford Davies in 1918. Name Location (2018) Establishment (2018) Remarks Headquarters Music Services RAF Northholt 11 Central Band… Read More


Marches of the Canadian Armed Forces

Introduction The following is a list of the notable authorised marches for various organisations of the Canadian Armed Forces. The first march listed is the march most commonly performed for that organisation on parade; it is commonly referred to simply as that organisation’s “march” or “march past”. In addition, many organisations also have additional pieces… Read More

What is the Drum Drill Major Course?

Aim of the Course To teach standard foot and mace drill and ceremonial foot and mace drill. Facilitated by IDT(A). Entry Standards Senior non commissioned officers. IELTS Level 5. Some experience of drill. Must be a member of a Regimental Band or Corps of Drums. Duration Two (2) weeks, with two (2) courses per year.… Read More

Army Reserve Musicians’ Retirement Age Increased

The retirement age for Army Reserve musicians has been increased to bring it in line with the rest of the Corps of Army Music. Soldiers and officers can now serve until the day before they turn 65 without the need for an overage extension request. Previously, they could only serve until they were 55 and… Read More

Musicians Say What…

The contraction witnessed in the numbers of personnel in modern standing armies means that army musicians, when not playing dirges for dead prime ministers, are increasingly deployed in combat roles. The occupational health department of the UKs Ministry of Defence thought that it was important to determine whether its musicians were experiencing hearing loss as… Read More