RAF Fanfare

15 April 2011

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Wing Commander Duncan StubbsRAF fanfare to serenade the royal newly-weds

Trumpeters from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force (RAF) will sound in the sacred halls of Westminster Abbey the moment after Prince William and Catherine Middleton sign the register at the Royal Wedding on April 29th.

This brand new, 30-second piece of fanfare music has been specially composed for the occasion by the RAF Music Services principle director of music Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs, 49, from Stoke-on-Trent. It is entitled ‘Valiant and Brave’, the motto of 22 Squadron, in which Prince William is serving as a search and rescue pilot at RAF Valley in North Wales.

The eight-piece band held a practice session at RAF Northolt, in Middlesex, earlier this week but this exclusive fanfare will be kept a well guarded secret until the Royal Wedding Day. “It’s a very proud, momentous and historic occasion. Only once in my lifetime do I get to play at something like this” said one of the band’s seven trumpeters Senior Aircraftman Ben Godfrey, 35, from Milton Keynes. Fellow trumpeter Corporal Hamish Dean, 35, from New Zealand, adds: “my family back home are extremely proud and will be watching it all in the middle of the night if they have to!”

The Central Band of the Royal Air Force

The Central Band is regarded as one of the premier military bands in the UK and has performed at many high profile occasions. “I’m not too nervous about the wedding just yet” said the band’s drummer Sergeant Kevin Miles, 40, from Margate. “We’ll leave the nerves to Prince William I think!”

Wing Commander Stubbs, who played at the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, added “the very notion that 2 billion people will listen to my composition will only sink in after the event!”

Editor: Natalie Penge.


Eight members of The Central Band of the Royal Air Force.

Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs, Director of RAF Music Service.

Photography: SAC Andy Holmes/RAF/MOD Crown Copyright 2011.

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