The Bands of the Royal Marines School of Music and the Royal Hospital School
Our relationship with Royal Marines School of Music is an important one. In previous years there have been RHS pupils who have gone on to complete the three year intensive training course in the Royal Marines Band Service as a result of this special partnership. The latest celebration of this special bond was a concert where the RHS band joined forces with the Band of the Royal Marines School of Music.
Our band, under the direction of former Bandmaster, Mr Jones, relished the experience of playing alongside such a professional group of musicians - this really was an unforgettable experience. Given how young the average age of our band is, the future looks extremely promising. The inspiration and encouragement we all received from the RM band made the hours of rehearsals leading up to the concert worthwhile. It was incredible to realise that some of the musicians from the RM band were no older than ourselves.
For me, this event was really special. Throughout the afternoon workshops and evening concert, I was partnered with a talented saxophonist in his final year. When chatting with him over dinner I discovered that he had learned how to play the violin and the flute from scratch in just a couple of years; an incredible show of dedication. This made me appreciate the versatility and commitment of each member of the visiting band and their professional, disciplined approach to their career.
For half of the concert we were under the direction of Major Huw Williams, Director of Music RM Training. He was a cool and calm conductor, but at the same time inspirational to play for - he didn't settle for second best!
The man of the evening however must be our own former Bandmaster, Mr Jones who made rehearsals fun and worthwhile. On behalf of the band, I would also like to extend our appreciation to Mr Saunders, Director of Music, for providing us with such amazing opportunities. A final "well done" to our fantastic Corps of Drums, who under the leadership of Tom P and William K, have independently rehearsed and produced a slick routine; one that was equally as impressive as the Royal Marines Corps Drums.