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The Band of The Royal Anglian Regiment

The first trace of a Band, paid for by public expense, within the Northamptonshire Regiment was recorded in 1798 where Thomas Hewitt of the 48th reported that "approval was given for six boys to be enlisted in the 48th for the band, and at the same time a German bandmaster was engaged", a normal procedure at this time.


Military music continued in this Regiment throughout the amalgamation of the County Regiments to form the East Anglian Brigade between 1958-60 and then the Royal Anglian Regiment on 1st September 1964.  At this time the Territorial Army battalions of the former regiments were affiliated to the new Regiment and what had been the band of the 4th/5th Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment (TA) moved to Peterborough and became the Band of the 5th (volunteer) Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment.

In 1996 the 5th Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment was re-roled as 158 (Royal Anglian) Tpt Regt RLC but the regimental Council elected to keep the Band, who were renamed Band of The Royal Anglian Regiment (TA) following the amalgamation of the Regular Royal Anglian bands into the Bands of the Queen's Division.

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