The Band OF the RAF College

The Band of The Royal Air Force College

Director of Music: Squadron Leader Matthew Little
Bandmaster: Warrant Officer Ian Laidler
Band Sergeant: Flight Sergeant Andrew Allott
Drum Major: Chief Technician Simon Carter

Since its formation in 1920, The Band of the Royal Air Force College is arguably the Band which is most steeped in musical history and tradition.

Based in RAF College Cranwell, Lincolnshire since its formation, the Band continues to perform at a diverse range of venues and engagements across the UK and in countries worldwide.

The Band of the RAF College performs as the headline act at the 2015 Imjin Proms.

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On parade, the Band has performed at the world-renowned Edinburgh Tattoo, ‘Changing the Guard’ at Buckingham Palace and was the first RAF Band to change the guard at Edinburgh Castle in July 2014. Battle of Britain Sunset Ceremonies, Marching Displays, Freedom Parades and displays at Air and County shows also form a major part of the Band’s itinerary. A highlight was playing a pivotal role in the 70th Anniversary celebration of the Dambusters Raid at RAF Scampton in May 2013, which was featured live on BBC television.

In 1923, the Band became the first military band to broadcast on BBC Cardiff and has since excelled with recent broadcasts on BBC Radio 2 with Clare Teal. The recent CD recording of American Legends follows on from our other successful recordings of; Sing! Swing Wing, The RAF Swing Wing and the RAF Charitable Trust’s 2014 ‘RAF in Concert’ Tour CD.

The Band enjoys performing at concerts throughout the year, many in support of charities such as the RAF Benevolent Fund and Royal Air Force Association. A highlight for many musicians is the Annual RAF Charitable Trust concert series, performing in many of the country’s major concert halls. In 2011, the Band featured with Brian May and Kerry Ellis in the prestigious outdoor concert ‘Anthems in the Park’ at RAF College Cranwell, followed in 2013 with joint performances with ‘Jonathon and Charlotte’ of Britain’s Got Talent fame.

The Band has just completed the 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and is looking forward tothe Edinburgh Tattoo ‘Down under’ in Melbourne Australia and New Zealand in 2016.

The Band of the RAF College pictured in front of the RAF College following the 2015 Re-Brigade.

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As serving members of the RAF, College Band personnel are also required to support various operations worldwide. Our personnel have served in Afghanistan, Turkey, Iraq, Cyprus and The Falkland Islands. Our roles have included aircraft guarding, ambulance driving, convoy commanding to passenger handling.

Royal Air Force Music Services leads the way for others to follow.

Royal Air Force Swing Wing

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