RAF VBA

Events

RAF Voluntary Bands undertake routine engagements in uniform at military parades and mess dinners, and also help to keep the Service in touch with the community by performing concerts in village halls, schools and town halls, often in aid of local or national charities. Engagements are many and varied. For example, the RAF Halton and Wyton Bands play regularly in London parks during the summer and the RAF St Athan Band appears frequently at the National Eisstedford, and before matches at the National Stadium in Cardiff. Most recently, the Halton Band became the first RAF voluntary band in living memory to play at the Cenotaph in London. Engagements are not confined to the United Kingdom: Cosford, Halton and Waddington have supported British military events in the Falkland Islands, Germany and the USA, respectively. In spring 2007, RAF Halton's Clarinet Quintet was even called upon to accompany an Air Force Board Dinner in Admiralty House! When larger public events require pooling of resources, the RAF Voluntary Band Assocaition acts as co-ordinator: examples are the Royal Star and Garter Homes' Tattoo at Fort Nelson, Portsmouth, and the Asian Tsunami Disaster Relief fund-raising concert in Ministry of Defence Main Building. The Association's tour de force is the ability to stage massed band concerts of up to 170 musicians at venues such as Colston Hall, Bristol; Peterborough Cathedral; Birmingham Symphony Hall; and De Montforte Hall, Leicester.

In a typical year the RAF's 8 Voluntary Bands give over 350 performances between them - nearly one for each day of the year.

 
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