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Nijmegen Marches

On Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 July, The Band of The Royal Armoured Corps travelled to Holland in order to perform for the first half of the 98th Nijmegen International Four Day Marches.

In the early hours of the morning, the band travelled to Camp Heumensoord where the 5000 troops of the international military contingent were accommodated for the duration of the marches. The marches commenced at 3am with the band accompanying each contingent’s first steps of the route as they passed the saluting dais and respective saluting officers.

The band’s next location was a few miles away in the town of Elst. An hour-long, full band concert was followed by a short set from the Band's Jazz Combo, both of which went down well with the marchers and the locals that were lining the route through the town centre. The members of the Jazz Combo were surprised to find themselves as the focus of a number of camera crews who were capturing the atmosphere of the event for various news outlets.

A different band had the role of starting off the second day of the marches although The Band of The Royal Armoured Corps wasn’t far behind. The first performance took place in Wijchen, another town in the Nijmegen district.

The Band put together a Concert Band programme which provided entertainment for the spectators and marchers as they passed the saluting dais in the town. A Corps of Army Music colleague, Warrant Officer Class One (Bandmaster) Oliver Jeans, who is the Bandmaster of The Royal Regiment of Gibraltar, was taking part in the marches and even stopped to conduct a piece with the Band and pose for a photo with the Director of Music. We then jumped back on to the coach to the other side of the town to do another concert which was again followed by a performance from the jazz combo.

The evening's engagement was at a local hotel playing for delegates from various march contingents. The cocktail reception included background music from the jazz combo and later that evening there was a Beating Retreat for the guests.

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