HMS Collingwood Volunteer Band

HMS Collingwood has been on its present site since 1941, and has evolved throughout the years. It now provides training in both technical and Warfare subjects to Officers and Ratings from the Royal Navy and those of many foreign and commonwealth navies.

HMS Collingwood Volunteer Band continues with this long tradition of Blue Jacket Royal Navy Bands and military music.  It is comprised of both serving members of the Royal Navy and civilian staff at HMS Collingwood, as well as a number of other personnel associated with the Establishment.

The serving Band members combine Band rehearsals and practice with their very demanding  duties within the establishment.

The primary function of the Band is to provide musical support to HMS Collingwood, performing at numerous events such as Field Gun Day, Ceremonial Divisions, dinners in the Wardroom or Warrant Officer and Senior Rates Mess.

In addition to this, the Band also provides music to the wider Royal Naval Service and throughout Hampshire playing at events such as the annual Fareham Remembrance Parade, the Fareham Mayor-Making Ceremony, and various other occasions including Fetes, Open Days, and Public Concerts.

Members of the HMS Collingwood Volunteer Band regularly participate, along with other Royal Navy Volunteer Bands, in foreign engagements such as The Cologne Festival. In so doing these community engagements, they raise funding for a wide range of local charities.

The Band is seen as an important public relations tool and representative of the close relationship between HMS Collingwood, the local community and the Fareham Borough Council.

Its members are Volunteers, the Bandmaster is seconded from The Royal Marines Band Service with  the current Bandmaster being Band Colour Sergeant David Edwards.

The HMS Collingwood Band appears with the kind permission of Captain R Vitali Royal Navy, Commanding Officer of the Maritime Warfare School HMS Collingwood.

The Band is always looking to recruit new members to its ranks be it serving or civilian in the form of brass, woodwind and percussion players. The Volunteer Band is open to all, and It doesn't matter if you are a complete beginner or an accomplished player, you will be made welcome.

The band is an enthusiastic and dedicated team that perform private as well as service engagements. The Volunteer Band movement is a Royal Navy wide venture, and is a hobby that you can pursue as a civilian or indeed throughout your whole career within the Royal Navy.

You will take part in many prestigious events all over the country. Further details of this exciting and rewarding hobby are available from

C/Sgt Dave Edwards
Mil:93825 2553 Phone:01329 332553 Mobile:07951 779603
 
Email: navyoptrg-cwdvbi@mod.uk