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History of CAMUS

The formation of the Corps of Army Music was triggered by a Defence review known as Options for Change in the early 1990s and followed a 1993 announcement by the Chief of the General Staff that the number of Army bands was to reduce from 69 to 29.

The Corps of Army Music was formed in 1994.

There are 23 Bands of the Regular Army, which includes the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas and 20 Territorial Bands including the Band of The Gibraltar Regiment.

Today's modern military musicians are extremely capable and multi talented.

  • Marching Band
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz
  • Rock & Pop
  • Strings/ Orchestra
  • Classical groups
  • Big Bands
  • Ceilidh
  • Pianists
  • Soul and Funk Bands
  • Fanfare Trumpets
  • Mounted Bands

The home of the Corps is Kneller Hall, Twickenham, a site that encompasses the Headquarters, Corps of Army Music and The Royal Military School of Music.

The School was founded by His Royal Highness Field Marshal the Duke of Cambridge, soon after his appointment as Commander in Chief in 1857, when the first class of military musicians was formed, a 'Class of Music'. The establishment was graciously retitled as The Royal Military School of Music in the Golden Jubilee year of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, 1887.

A plaque to commemorate the Centenary of the School's opening was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1957.

The role of the Headquarters is to give direction and professional advice on Army music matters and develop and sustain the ethos of Army musicians.

In 2007 Her Majesty The Queen appointed Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex the Colonel in Chief of the Corps of Army Music.

In 2014, under restructuring of CAMUS, specialist capability bands were generated to better meet the needs of the modern Army. These include; a string orchestra, Brass Bands, and Rock and Pop Bands.

 

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