Band of the RAF Regiment

The Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment

Director of Music: Flight Lieutenant Tom Rodda
Bandmaster: Warrant Officer Paul Craggs
Band Sergeant: Flight Sergeant Ian Pemberton
Drum Major: Chief Technician Rob Scullion

Music has always been an integral part of military life and since its formation in 1942 the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment has boasted a proud and distinguished heritage.

Originally the RAF Coastal Command Band, the band was renamed on its relocation to the RAF Regiment Depot at Belton Park, Grantham. In 1946 the band moved with the depot to a new base at Catterick, where it remained until the closure of the station in 1994. Following brief periods at both RAF Uxbridge and RAF Northolt, the band was stationed at RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. In 2015 the band moved to purpose built, state of the art facilities at RAF Northolt.

Band of the RAF Regiment

From Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace to live BBC Radio broadcasts, the Band of the RAF Regiment continues to demonstrate its versatile and unique role. In addition to undertaking many varied domestic engagements throughout the year, the band has travelled extensively in support of British Forces overseas. Notable events in recent history include visiting Basra in Iraq for a Beating the Retreat and Sunset Ceremony, taking part in the 65th Anniversary Parade of the Allied Forces Victory in Europe in Moscow’s Red Square and travelling to India to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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Within the United Kingdom, the Band of the RAF Regiment enjoys performing many concerts in support of numerous Service charities. The band also has close links with the local community around RAF Northolt; the most recent example being a collaboration with Hillingdon primary schools performing an aerodynamic cantata - a specially commissioned work celebrating every aspect of flight. In addition to having featured on the BBC1 programme ‘Songs of Praise’, musicians from the band have also performed alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra for the live broadcast of BBC Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night Is Music Night’. Alongside this broadcasting success, the musicians of the band are also well acquainted with the recording studio; the mostrecent album being ‘Fanfares, Marches and Flourishes’.

Band of the RAF Regiment

There is, however, another side to the life of a Regiment Band musician. As serving members of theRoyal Air Force, our personnel also undertake key operational support roles. Most recently musicians have deployed onOperations TELIC, HERRICK, AZOTIZE and KIPION, and have also completed medicalsupport roles in the Falkland Islands.

From the concert stage to operational theatres around the globe, our musicians display, in their conduct and performance, the excellence for which the Royal Air Force has become renowned throughout its history.

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