The Band of HM Royal Marines Scotland
The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Scotland needs little introduction. These versatile and talented musicians play all over Scotland and the North of England, and their recent ceremonial duties include provision of the military music at the launch of the last of the Daring class destroyers HMS Duncan at Scotstoun and the commissioning of the submarine HMS Astute at Faslane last year. They have 'Beating the Retreat' on Horseguards Parade London, and provided the music for homecoming parades and Remembrance Services.
Equally renowned for their concert performances, their repertoire embraces all kinds of music including popular classics, music of the Big Band era, exciting contemporary works and amusing solo features which all combine to produce programmes that are both entertaining and spectacular. The inclusion of the Corps of Drums brings movement, colour and a flavour of the Ceremonial and State occasions of which Royal Marines Bands are such an integral part. This ensures that the grand spectacle of the traditional Concert Finale is presented as a fitting climax with appropriate pomp and drama.
The Scotland band was formed at HMS Condor, Arbroath, in 1960 and remains the only one of the 4 RM Bands stationed north of Portsmouth! The band moved to Rosyth in 1971 and is now accommodated in a purpose built Band Room at the Royal Naval Support Establishment HMS Caledonia Rosyth. It travels extensively throughout the UK, but also abroad, and will shortly be appearing in the USA. Most members of the Band play at least two instruments, with some being required to play three. All are required to perform different styles of music including wind band, marching band, big band, orchestral and dance band engagements. They also provide many small combinations including jazz, string and woodwind ensembles, making the Royal Marines musician one of the most adept in the military music world.
Engagements can range from parades and mess functions to recordings and charity fund raising concerts. The Band actively supports many charities both service and non-service. As with all Royal Marines Bands the principal role is to provide musical support to the Naval Service but within their secondary role the bands men and women undertake a variety of important support tasks during active operations. A number of the current band have seen service in Afghanistan and Iraq.