THE BAND OF HM ROYAL MARINES SCOTLAND
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Although there have been Royal Marines Bands in Scotland since the late 1930's they were classed as 'ship bands' and after the Second World War were disbanded. In 1960 a Band was formed at HMS CONDOR in Arbroath. However, the Royal Marines Band Service was rearranged and the sole remaining band in Scotland, based at HMS COCHRANE, Rosyth, was designated the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland in 1971. In 1994 again due to the reorganisation of the Band Service, the Band's title was changed to The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Scotland. Since 1996 the Band has been accommodated at the Royal Naval Support Establishment MOD CALEDONIA Rosyth. Scotland Band is unique as it is the only Royal Marines Band stationed north of London.
In their distinguishing white helmets, Royal Marines Bands are celebrated for the quality of their music, visual grandeur and precision drill. On the concert platform they enjoy a similar reputation ensuring their continuing popularity with their audiences. The Band's repertoire includes popular classics, Big Band, stimulating contemporary works and entertaining solo features. The Corps of Drums bring movement, colour and the tradition of the ceremonial occasions integral to the Royal Marines. Most members of the Band play at least two instruments and are required to perform in wind band, marching band, big band, orchestral and dance band combinations. They also provide jazz, string and woodwind ensembles, making the Royal Marines musician one of the most versatile and adept in military music.
The Band travels extensively throughout Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England and recent travel abroad have included engagements in Norway, Gibraltar, Columbia and Dubai. Regular ceremonial duties include the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, beating retreat on Horseguards Parade, ship launches, Homecoming parades and remembrance services. The Band also performs numerous concerts through the year in support of both service and non-service charities; including Seafarers UK, the Royal Marines Charitable Trust, the Rotary Club and the Royal British Legion.