HMS Collingwood Volunteer Band support RAF100 event

The HMS Collingwood Volunteer Band recently spent the evening with the RAF as they provided the music during an event to celebrate 100 years of the service.

The engagement was established when the previous Bandmaster – Band Colour Sergeant Rich Sharp - was approached to provide a band for the 100th anniversary celebration due to his connection with the RAF Cadets.

Due to the commemorative year and the plethora of events taking place around the country the Association were struggling to find an RAF/RAF Volunteer band to support this event, hence contact was made with the HMS Collingwood Volunteer Band.

Band Colour Sergeant Dave Edwards, the current Bandmaster, said, “The evening’s concert to celebrate 100 years of the formation of the RAF was a resounding success from start to finish with great support from local serving RAF personnel /RAF Cadet Force to retired RAF from in and around the local area.

"The HMS Collingwood Royal Navy Volunteer Band performed admirably and received a generous number of compliments from the event organisers as well as all who attended. It was great to see such a full concert hall providing a platform/opportunity to support such a milestone event. What better way to celebrate 100 years of aviation than with some patriotic music.”

The event took place in Abbey Hall, Netley Abbey, Southampton, a small community hall filled with 130 people.

The evening’s events consisted of an eclectic mix of concert band music with of course RAF music being the main focus.

The photographs (courtesy of Ron Hurst) show the band entertaining the guests.

The evening’s concert to celebrate 100 years of the formation of the RAF was a resounding success from start to finish

Band Colour Sergeant Dave Edwards, the current Bandmaster