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Royal Marines Band Service

Famed throughout the world for their immaculate appearance, drill and musicianship, the bandsmen and women of the five Royal Marine bands combine military precision and discipline with an artistic interpretation that places them in the top level of musical ensembles.

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Royal Marines Band at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Royal Marines School of Music performance in Portsmouth
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The development of music in the Royal Marines is inextricably linked with the evolution of British military bands. Lively airs and the beat of the drum enabled columns of marching men to keep a regular step.

The drum was the normal method of giving signals on the battlefield or in camp. As long ago as the days of Drake and Hawkins the drummer's rhythm would advertise the changing watches or beat the men to quarters.

Without doubt, groups of musicians existed in the Service before this, but in 1767 Royal Marines Divisional Bands were formed at Chatham, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Deal.

Today all Royal Marines Bands are required to provide every imaginable musical ensemble including orchestras and dance bands. To achieve this, most musicians, except solo specialists, are required to attain an acceptable standard on both a string and a wind instrument.

As a result of this special amalgam of expertise, Royal Marines musicians are regarded as one of the most versatile in the military musical world.

The Corps of Drums receive an equally thorough training and pride themselves on maintaining the highest standards of drill, bugling and drumming.

Their glittering presence at the front of all Royal Marines Bands on the march gives the bands a visual impact that is second to none.

Upcoming events for the Royal Marines Band

01 May

Drum Roll World Record Attempt
London locations 1 May 2014

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