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REME band history


The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers was formed on 1 October 1942. Throughout the first 5 years of its existence, musical support for all Corps functions had been provided by a small group of musicians playing drums and fifes.

As the Corps expanded the demand for this group began to increase and it was decided to appoint a Bandmaster for the purposes of developing the skills of the existing musicians and to recruit others. The Band remained unrecognised by the military authorities until 1947.
The Corps Band's first Director of Music was Captain Denis Plater who transferred from the Royal Tank Regiment. Its establishment had initially been set at one Band Sergeant, two Corporals, three Lance Corporals and thirty-four Musicians and as the musical standards began to improve, the band soon started to undertake engagements across the whole of the British Isles.
The Band has now reformed under the restructuring of Army Music with a new capability of supplying first class contemporary music, Rock and Pop Bands.

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