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The Band and Bugles of The Rifles

The Band and Bugles of The Rifles are based at Sir John Moore Barracks in Winchester, Hampshire, and is part of the Corps of Army Music. The band maintains traditions dating back over 200 years, including the use of the silver bugle and the distinctly fast marching speed  - 140 paces per minute.

The Bugle Platoon comprises 20 infantry soldiers from the five regular Battalions that form The Rifles. Riflemen can be posted to the Band and Bugles on completion of an 18-week Bugle Course at the Army School of Ceremonial in Catterick.

As far back as the Napoleonic Wars, the earliest Riflemen used bugles rather than drums to communicate orders on the battlefield.

They were also able to react rapidly to orders by marching at a quickened pace or even marching at the double.

The Band and Bugles are often called upon to perform at public events.

This performance was at Ascot Racecourse. Zorba the Greek is a well known favourite for the Band and Bugles and indeed their followers.

The trick is not to get too fast too quick if there is such a thing as too fast?

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