Royal Marines Band Service


One of the world’s most versatile military bands, combining a commitment to excellence, discipline and an active life supporting the Naval Service. 

Even before the days of Sir Francis Drake and the Spanish Armada, music has played a key role in the military. Keeping units marching in step, boosting morale and performing at ceremonial or state occasions. To this day, Royal Navy musicians still maintain this role, combined with a vital operational function: providing military support to the Royal Marines.

What they do isn’t just for Queen and country. It's for the effectiveness of the Royal Marines in the field, for the morale of the troops, the entertainment of the public – and the development of some of the country’s finest young musicians.


Musical morale boosters

Musicians undergo rigorous musical training at the Royal Marines School of Music (RMSoM) in Portsmouth and their signature precision marching has seen them perform at prestigious venues and events across the UK and around the world. From the Royal Albert Hall and Horse Guards Parade in London, to the military tattoo in Basel, Switzerland, and other engagements across the globe

When called on, instruments are set aside to provide military support on operations. As part of a medical team on board a casualty receiving ship, or supporting 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, their military role is just as vital as the musical one.

Being a part of the Royal Marines

Lt Jones, 26

Royal Marines Commando

Life in the Royal Marines can be tough, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. You need to really push yourself, mentally and physically. It’s more than just a job. It’s a lifestyle.

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Performing to the very highest standards. Putting our ships and our people through their paces. Always striving for better. Training is what makes the Royal Navy the best in the world.