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


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… Read More

What is the Royal Air Force Music Services?

Introduction Royal Air Force Music Services is the organisation which provides military musical support to the Royal Air Force. Based at RAF Northolt (previously at RAF Uxbridge) and RAF Cranwell, it forms the central administration of one hundred and seventy musicians divided between the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, The Band of the… Read More