British Army Band Tidworth is comprised of musicians from The Royal Corps of Army Music and is one of 14 Regular Army Bands in the British Army. Based in Tidworth, Wiltshire, the band was formed in September 2019.
The band is one of two established brass bands in the British Army; the other brass band being based in Catterick Garrison.
British Army Band Tidworth incorporates three bands; The Royal Artillery Band, The Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers and The Band of the Adjutant General’s Corps.
The band have undertaken engagements abroad including; Germany, Cyprus and Egypt. The band provided musical support for a poignant Remembrance Service at the Royal Artillery Memorial in Hyde Park Corner, London and continues to support the annual Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal launch. The band have performed in Winchester Cathedral and have a longstanding relationship with Tidworth Garrison Theatre as it plays host to a number of the band’s concerts throughout the year.
Most recently, the band were the first British Army brass band to undertake Changing of the Guard in London, alongside 4th Battalion, The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
The Royal Corps of Army Music can offer full time employment as a musician within the British Army. A pensionable career potentially to the age of 60. Fantastic travel opportunities with the chance to perform at great venues and events around the world.
The Royal Corps of Army Music is interested in your performance and potential rather than just music qualifications.
Not all musicians have recognised musical qualifications so you may be able to join us based on merit at audition. If you have the required skills or can demonstrate you have the potential we are looking for, we can help maximise your musical development. Interested? Please get in touch here.
now I get to play in a professional brass band as a musician in the British Army Musn Corkish
Musician Corkish - Tenor Horn
Musician (Musn) Bobby Corkish began playing the Tenor Horn at age seven with Rushen Silver Band in the south of the Isle of Man. He later became a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain for five years under the direction of the late Bramwell Tovey.
In 2013, Musn Corkish moved to Manchester to begin his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) under the tuition of Sheona White and Owen Farr where he was appointed first Horn of The Fairey Band in Stockport. With them, Musn Corkish performed across all of Europe, including high profile concerts in Berlin and Paris. He featured on showcase BBC and Sky Arts productions, including ‘A day in the life’, ‘Battle of the Brass Bands’ and ‘A Brass Band Wonderland’, accompanying renowned artists and celebrities such as Russell Watson, Jason Manford and Collabro as well as a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 with the award winning A4 Brass Quartet.
Upon completion of his studies at the RNCM in 2017, Musn Corkish relocated from Manchester to South Wales to join The Cory Band, travelling Europe and America. He contributed to the bands' success in winning every major brass band contest, including the European, British Open and National Championships of Great Britain - known as the 2019 'Grand Slam'.
Musn Corkish joined the British Army in October 2021, and upon completion of Basic and Initial Trade Training, was assigned to British Army Band Tidworth where he currently occupies the first Horn seat.
Musn Corkish said, “Being a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain was my first experience of high level brass band playing. I had the opportunity of working with not only great musicians who have gone on to play with the world’s best brass bands and beyond, but also being led by incredible tutors and conductors.
This ignited the spark in me which led me to being a member of The Fairey Band and The Cory Band, and now I get to play in a professional brass band as a musician in the British Army.
It’s immensely exciting that the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and British Army Music have become partner organisations, which opens up the pathway to so many more young brass players to be able to go on and make music their career. I wouldn’t be here playing my tenor horn, as a full-time professional musician, without the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain so this really is an exciting and important partnership.”
I can’t wait to see what the Regulars have in store for me. LCpl Wilson
Lance Corporal WILSON - CORNET
Lance Corporal (LCpl) Wilson started playing Cornet at the age of eight in the Forest of Dean and grew up playing in local brass bands and youth groups, including the National Children’s and Youth Brass Bands of Great Britain, and the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain where she was Principal Trumpet.
At the age of 16 she was awarded a music scholarship to study at Wells Cathedral School in Somerset, where she took up playing the trumpet and was taught by Paul Denegri, Simon Jones, Ross Brown (Natural Trumpet) and Nick Malcolm (Jazz).
LCpl Wilson joined the Honourable Artillery Company Reserve Band in 2015 whilst undertaking her degree at the Royal College of Music. She won the RCM concerto competition and graduated in 2017 with a First- class Honours degree in Trumpet performance, having been taught by Alastair Mackie, Jason Evans and Alan Thomas.
In April 2020, Emily transferred into the Regular Army and became the Principal Cornet player of British Army Band Tidworth. In 2021, she came 2nd in the first annual Royal Corps of Army Music Regional Bands Solo Competition playing Cleopatra by Damare. Most recently, LCpl Wilson has passed her Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music exam.
British Army Music is recruiting right now. For more information about joining the British Army as a musician, get in touch with the Corps Engagement Team.