Royal Marines School of Music

7th January 2016

Visit to The Band of HM Royal Marines School of Music

Report by Luke Mackie

I was invited by COD Stuart Warrington (who is our TYMBA National President) to spend the day with the Royal Marines School of Music on Thursday 3 December 2015. I am a member of Thurmaston Marching Brass Band as a drummer.

We left at 5:30am in the morning to get to Portsmouth HMNB for 10:30am.  After the long coach journey we arrived at The Royal Marines School of Music and were greeted by Lt Crane. There were four other bands in the coffee boat, so there were five bands altogether.

At 10:55am we were officially welcomed by the Royal Marines Trumpeters.  They did a Fanfare Display on the Parade Square with CSgt Pattison giving some words to welcome us. After the display we had a welcome brief on what was happening throughout the day with Lt Crane at the Concert Hall.

At 11:30am we were split up into instrument groups to do some rehearsals. The drummers went to the COD suite to do some rudiments, skills and music with our instructor COD CSgt Piner.

After the first rehearsal we had lunch at the Royal Navy main restaurant and enjoyed a ‘Royal Navy Special’.

By 1:15pm it was marching on the Parade Square in Royal Marines style with everyone including the Drum Major and instructors getting the marching and the music right at the same time.

An hour later each band had a tour around the Royal Marines School of Music by Cpl Boyes showing what happens in there on a daily basis.

Show Time!! At 3:45pm all the bands joined together to make one band to play the Royal Marines Regimental Quick March: A Life On The Ocean Wave, the drum display and the Royal Marines Slow March: Sailing, which was recorded and shared on the Parade Square with the Drum Major, instructors and trainees.

After the performance we went back to the Concert Hall to have a presentation with photos, some final words and to receive certificates for our attendance by Lt Crance and Cpl Rogers.

Last, but not least, at 4:20pm we had a 4½ hour journey home (including dinner at the services).

I want to thank to everybody who invited me to spend the day with the Royal Marines School of Music and I really enjoyed it.  It was great fun.


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