- The Central Band of the Royal British Legion
Infobox musical artist
Name = The Central Band Of The Royal British Legion
Background = group_or_band
Years_active = 1944–present
Label = Clovelly
URL = [http://www.centralband.com/ Official website]
The Central Band of the Royal British Legion is a
concert bandassociated with the Royal British Legion.
2004it celebrated its Diamond Jubilee, marking sixty years of music making dating back to World War II. The Band’s origins stem from what is now affectionately known as Dad's Army, its founder members, many with First World Warservice, having all played in the Band of the 56th (Surrey) Battalion Home Guard based in Epsom. However, by 1944, with the possibility of a German invasion no longer a threat, the Home Guard was stood down bringing to an end four years of comradeship.
As with all organisations, the breaking up of a band is a traumatic experience, so much so that a group of musicians from the Dad’s Army Band resolved to keep the spirit alive by forming a new band under the aegis of the British Legion. Thus began 62 eventful years, which have seen the Band progress to its present proud status, enjoying the acclaim not only of audiences everywhere but also of its peers in the world of military music.
The Central Band is the Legion’s premier and 'Flagship' Band and as such, represents the Legion on high profile occasions as well as fulfilling a large number of varied engagements around the country. The Central Band is no stranger to high profile events, many of which are televised and include Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the
Royal Albert Halland BBCTV's Songs of Praise, seen by millions.
The current Director of Music is Captain David Cole MVO MMus ARAM RM.
2005, the band joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestrafor an End of War Commemoration concert, in which they performed world premiers written especially for the occasion by the Master of the Queen’s Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. In 2005 and again in 2007 the band recorded a programme for BBC Radio 2’s Listen to the Band.
2006and 2007, the band performed at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, during the Ladies Finals Day and Men's Finals Day.
The band has also performed during the lunch break at several test matches at Lords, including the . In addition to this the band has performed at the past two Commonwealth Games Baton Relay ceremonies, playing on the forecourt outside
Buckingham Palacewhilst HM The Queen handed the Commonwealth Games baton to a famous athlete.
The Band has made many recordings, including ‘The Best of British’, which was recorded live with
Max Bygravesat the Beck Theatre.
At the end of 2004 the band recorded Celebration, this was followed with The Shadow of Your Smile in 2006. This was produced by Major John Perkins and includes Ave Maria,
Pirates Of The Caribbean, Goodbye To Loveand The Gladiator's Farewell.
In March 2007 the band recorded at the BBC
Maida Valestudios for BBC Radio 2's 'Listen To The Band' feature.
The band recorded [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18CZG6TJB6U their own version] of the "new-rave" band
Klaxons' hit Gravity's Rainbow in May 2007. The band later performed this song for the 5th birthday party of MTV Two's flagship rock show, Gonzo.
* [http://www.centralband.com/ Official website for The Central Band of the Royal British Legion]
* [http://www.myspace.com/centralband Official myspace profile for The Central Band of the Royal British Legion]
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