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Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh

Who are the Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh?

The Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh is one of the very few all-brass bands within British Army Music, drawing players from South Wales’s rich brass band heritage and culture to its ranks. All musicians are members of the Army Reserve and commit to the Band around their educational studies or civilian occupations.

The Band has a versatility of style and repertoire both on the concert platform and on parade as a marching band. It is regularly seen throughout the principality providing a wide range of public and ceremonial duties from Royal Gun salutes and freedom parades to its continued presence at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff where it performs to rugby fans Worldwide.

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What We Do

On many engagements, the Band is enhanced by the presence of the Corps of Drums of the 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh who, with their own imitable style and expertise, add the final polish to any engagement.  In contrast to the Bands’ blue helmets, the Corps of Drums can be easily identified by their white colonial helmets famously associated with the immortal defence of Rorke's Drift in 1879, which was brought to the big screen in the classic film 'Zulu'.

The Band and Drums are very active in supporting the service charities and pride themselves on supporting all the varying service units within Wales, as well as in a variety of activities representing their Regiment, the British Army, and the people of Wales.  In November 2019 they were awarded The Wales Armed Forces Award for their commitment, dedication and excellence, which was further demonstrated when, during the COVID-19 pandemic and with musical activities on hold, members of the Band and Drums were mobilised for Op RESCRIPT as part of the armed forces support to the NHS.

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 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

As well as domestic performances, the Band and Drums also travel throughout Europe, Canada, and Australia. Their music has entertained audiences the world over with a number of military tattoos, including the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Canada, and the ‘Musikfest der Bundeswehr’ International Military Tattoo in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Regimental Music

Regimental music synonymous with the Regimental Band of The Royal Welsh includes:

Quick March:

  • Men of Harlech

Slow March:

  • The War Song of the Men of Glamorgan

Other Regimental songs and music include:

Quick March:

  • Ap Shenkin (WELCH)
  • God Bless the Prince of Wales (RWF RRW)
  • Jenny Jones (RWF)
  • Lincolnshire Poacher (WELCH)
  • St David (RWF)
  • The Royal Welch Fusiliers (by J P Sousa)
  • Warwickshire Lad (SWB)

Slow March:

  • Scipio (SWB)
Menin Gate Passhendale Commemoration 2017

Overseas Travel

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

In the last few years alone, the Band and Corps of Drums have seen musicians travel to; Europe, Canada and Australia as well as a number of military tattoos, including the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Canada and the ‘Musikfest der Bundeswehr’ International Military Tattoo in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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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!

Location

  • Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh

    Maindy Barracks

  • Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh (Wednesday nights only)

    Raglan Barracks

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Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh

If you are interested in enquiring about vacancies in the Band or Corps of Drums, please contact us using the email address below.