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Herford parade

On Friday 18 July 2014 the Re-Designation parade of 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division to the 1st (United Kingdom) Division took place in Herford, Germany.

The Parade marked the start of the Divisions move to the York under Army 2020 after its presence in Germany for nearly 70 years. The parade involved serving and retired heads of the division alongside the Chief of the General Staff Sir Peter Wall, the inspecting officer, his German Army equivalent and members of the British Embassy in Berlin.

More than 1000 soldiers attended the parade as the Division gathered for the last time to celebrate its achievements. The Band of the Royal Armoured Corps had the privilege of providing the musical support for the high profile event. The band supported the division throughout the parade with music to entertain the troops during the inspection and afterwards remained in position to perform a James Bond selection as two Parachutists descended on to the square much to the surprise of the audience!

After the Parade the bands work wasn’t over as the evening festivities began in the Officers Mess. First up was the Jazz Combo performing during the pre-dinner drinks. The ensemble provided a different style of music from that off a traditional military band establishing a relaxed atmosphere.

In traditional style, the bands brass ten piece performed during the dinner proceedings ensuring that the fifty requested regimental marches were played alongside a range of traditional and not so traditional Quintet music.

The day’s events culminated with the after-dinner entertainment involving the whole band performing. As requested, the band performed the ‘Post Horn Gallop’ much to the delight of the audience followed by a finale of the evening, ‘Birdland’ which received a rapturous applause and a well done from the Chief of the General Staff.

This parade marked the end of an extremely successful tour of Austria, Germany and Holland, the first tour for the newly formed Band of the Royal Armoured Corps. 

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