The Band of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment

Get paid to play music in your spare time!

The Band of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment was formed in 1993 and is one of 19 UK-based Army Reserve Bands. The Regiment, however (also known as the ‘Tigers’), can trace its lineage as far back as 1572, with its modern formations coming into force in 1992, on the amalgamation of the Queen’s Regiment and the Royal Hampshire Regiment.

As well as providing musical support to the population of Kent and The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, we deliver essential music capability to events and engagements across the UK and overseas. We have recently performed at the Birmingham International Tattoo, Winchester Cathedral and for the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay. Additionally of late, we have undertaken deployments to Gibraltar, Cyprus, India, and Uzbekistan.

Find out more about this exciting opportunity

What We Do

The Band of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (PWRR) is the only professional Reserve Military wind band based in Kent and is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Hopla BA(Hons) ARCM BBCM psm.

The Band forms part of the British Army Reserve and rehearses weekly in our purposely built practice facility in Canterbury (Wednesday 1930 -2130) and also in Brighton (Thursday 1900-2100).

What You'll Get

  • Payment for rehearsals and engagements.
  • Musical career development.
  • Annual tax free bonus.
  • Paid leave.
  • Pension. 
  • New skills, education, qualification and accreditation.
  • Adventure training and worldwide travel.
  • Allowances.
  • Defence discounts.

What We Expect From You

  • Instrumental / Vocal minimum grade six or equivalent. 
  • Aged 18-55.
  • Have British Nationality and Citizenship or be a Commonwealth Citizen with indefinite leave to remain in the country.
  • Be medically and physically fit.
  • Minimum annual commitment of 27 days.

Performance Variety

The Band consists of woodwind, brass, and percussion and is regularly supported by 3 PWRR Corps of Drums on both stage and parade.

As well as being an active concert band, the unit boasts several smaller groups, including an 8-piece Fanfare Team, Clarinet and Saxophone ensembles, Brass Quintet and Pop Group.

Regimental Music

Regimental music synonymous with the PWRR Band's history includes:

  • The Farmers Boy
  • Soldiers of The Queen
  • Minden Rose
  • The Queen's Royal Surrey March
  • The Queen's Own Buffs - The Royal Kent March
  • The Royal Sussex Regiment March
  • The Middlesex Regiment March (Duke of Cambridge Own)  
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Overseas Travel

As an Army Reserve musician, you will have the opportunity to train overseas, join other bands during their training or take part in training packages designed to support foreign military bands.

In the last few years alone, we have seen musicians from the Band travel to; Austria, Cyprus, Gibraltar, and India

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Sport and Adventure Training

As well as music, you will have opportunities to participate in Adventure training, all whilst getting paid!

PWRR Band History

  1. 1958

    The 4th Battalion, The Buffs TA Band

  2. 1967

    The Band of The 5th (V) Battalion, The Queen's Regiment

  3. 1972

    The Band of The Queen's Regiment (TAVR)

  4. 1990

    The Kohima Band of the Queen's Regiment

  5. 1993

    PWRR Band

    Amalgamation of the Queen's Regimen and Royal Hampshire Regiment


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The Band of The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment

If you are interested in enquiring about vacancies in the band, please contact us using the email address below.