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Roulement tour of Germany

The day before Bonfire Night it was more coach wheels than Catherine Wheels as the Band set off for Bielefeld, Germany.

This was to be our base for the following two weeks as we provided musical support to the British Forces Germany (BFG) and their German hosts.

The tour was ‘peppered’ with several dinner nights with which our smaller ensembles were kept quite busy but the first engagement for the whole band was Remembrance Sunday in Sennelager.

Luckily for the Band the weather was unusually mild for Northern Germany in November but nothing would have kept us away from this very important day in the Band’s Diary.

Many of our parades during this tour were very poignant as many of them marked the British Army’s departure from Germany.

One memorable parade was the disbandment of the 7th Armoured Brigade, 'The Desert Rats', where the whole Brigade was on parade in Bergen to mark this historical occasion.

The end of the tour was marked with a ‘sprint finish’ with two concerts and one last parade. The two concerts were in a beautiful, sold out venue in Neuss for the local Lions International and in Bad Fallingbostel. Both concerts showcased the Band’s show, concert and big band capabilities including vocal features and solos. A great amount of money was raised for Military Charities during these two days.

We came full circle for our final parade back in Sennelager before hitting the road straight after the engagement had finished for the 12 hour trip back to our home in Deepcut.

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