Royal Marines Band Plymouth perform for students

Nine pupils from Mill Ford School in Plymouth have been treated to a special performance by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.

The group were invited to the Band’s headquarters at HMS Raleigh, where they were treated to a concert performance and a marching display. 

The students were invited to take a turn with the Corps of Drums and also joined in with the march.

The visit was organised as part of the 15 and 16-year-olds studies into the City of Plymouth and its culture.  

It has been such a fabulous experience for the pupils of Mill Ford.

Helga Pinn, Head Teacher

Teacher, Helga Pinn, the subject lead at Mill Ford, said:  “The Royal Marines Band is one of the highlights of the culture and the city. 

“I’m delighted that we have been able to visit; it has been such a fabulous experience for the pupils of Mill Ford.

“As a school for children and young adults with severe and profound learning difficulties, it is sometimes more difficult for us to access things available to main stream schools.”

Plans are being made for the Band to visit Mill Ford in the future. 

Major Jason Burcham, Director of Music of the Plymouth Band, said:  “It was a real pleasure to be able to host Australia Class from Mill Ford School.

“Their reaction to the music was infectious; they were clearly enthused by our performance and were all keen to join in with the Corps of Drums and the Marching Band.

“It was a great opportunity for our musicians and buglers to interact with young people with learning difficulties via the positive effects of music.

“For a time we had nine additional members of the Band and, having established this rewarding relationship with Mill Ford School, it is something that we want to continue for many years.”

Images by  Dave Sherfield.