- Grenadier Guards Band
Infobox musical artist
Name = Grenadier Guards Band
Img_size = 250
Background = Military Band
Alias = Band of the Grenadier Guards
Origin = flagicon|UK
London, England, United Kingdom
URL = [http://www.army.mod.uk/music/corps-band/454.aspx Home of the Grenadier Guards Band]
The Band of the
Grenadier Guardsis the oldest of all of the bands in the British Army, with a history dating back over three hundred years.
In 1685 Charles II allowed the band to maintain 12
Hautboisplayers. His death in 1685 was so significant for the band that until the Second World Warthe Bass Drummer (known officially as The Regimental Timebeater) wore a black armband in mourning of the King's passing.
The size of the ensemble has changed over time, starting off with between twelve and nineteen players, in the 18th Century to a peak in numbers by the end of the 1970s with seventy musicians. Today there are 42 band members.
In 1872, the Band of the Grenadier Guards were the first British uniformed soldiers to enter the
United States of Americasince the War of 1812. They last toured the United States of America in 2003, when they gave performances over a period of three months, at over sixty venues, visiting forty states. The Band often tours overseas and has visited Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Bosnia, and Australia.
Band membership duties
Musicians currently in the band have secondary roles in the British Army as Chemical
DecontaminationAssistants, Medics& Drivers.
The band is based at
Wellington Barracksin St James's London.
*Director of Music: Major Barry Wassell
*Bandmaster: WO1 Chris King
*Band Sergeant Major: WO2 Andrew Wood
There are several ensembles within the band of the Grenadier Guards:
* Concert Band
* Dance band
* Big Band
* Fanfare Trumpet Team
* 18th Century Ensemble
Other ensembles include:
** These include a range from String Quartet, to Chamber Orchestra
* Dinner Trios and Quartets also number among the band's ensembles.
The band of the Grenadier Guards plays regularly for occasions and events. Some of these events that are most famous are listed below, although this is not a comprehensive list.
Changing of the Guard
* The Festival of Remembrance
Trooping of the Colour
* State Visits
Coldstream Guards Band
Irish Guards Band
Scots Guards Band
Welsh Guards Band
* [http://www.army.mod.uk/music/corps-band/454.aspx Home of Grenadier Guards Band]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7391225.stm Being given the Freedom of the City of Lincoln in May 2008]
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