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The Central Band of the Royal Air Force

Music has always been an integral part of military life and since its formation in 1920 The Central Band of the Royal Air Force has boasted a proud and distinguished heritage. Now based at purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities at Royal Air Force Northolt, the Central Band continues to demonstrate its versatile and unique role. The Band is at the forefront of many State Ceremonial events, from ‘Changing the Guard’ at Buckingham Palace to the National Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph. Central Band musicians have been privileged to participate in many high-profile national events, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Royal Wedding, and the 2012 London Olympics. In 1922, the Central Band became the first military band to broadcast on BBC Radio and remains the most frequently featured on the airwaves. Recent popular broadcasts include a live BBC Radio 3 concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London’s South Bank Centre and a celebration of 100 years of Military Aviation and Music on BBC Radio 2’s Listen to the Band programme. The Band also played a leading role in marking the Seventieth Anniversary of the ‘Dambusters Raid’ with a performance on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night Is Music Night. Alongside this broadcasting success, the musicians of the Band are well recognised for their recording prowess. Beginning in 1955 with the release of Eric Coates’s The Dambusters March, the Central Band became the first military band to make a long-playing record and remains at the forefront of military band and contemporary wind ensemble recording. The critical and popular success of Reach for the Skies and collaborative efforts with the composer Nigel Hess on New London Pictures (Chandos) and the euphonium soloist Steven Mead on the CDs Diamonds and Pearls stand as firm testament to its ongoing commitment to musical excellence and diversity.



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Colchester
Essex
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United Kingdom