The Yorkshire Regiment
The Band of The Yorkshire Regiment
By Director of Music - Capt G Clegg
The spring and summer period is always an exceptionally busy one for the Band with a series of parades and engagements and 2018 has certainly been no exception. We’ve enjoyed supporting some of our regular annual events including two Gun Salutes in York for Her Majesty the Queen’s and Prince Philip’s and birthdays. It was also great to support our regular events at Green Howard’s Sunday and Bligny Sunday and joining the rest of the Battalion for the Freedom of Wakefield parade. These parades are so important and help remind us of the significant events of our regimental history and honour our veterans. It’s always a privilege to take part in them.
We performed at the annual York Races in May. It was a glorious day and we enjoyed entertaining a fantastic crowd of race goers. We do hope that those of you who attended had a lucky day! We also had some new entries in the calendar this year, including supporting the Tour De Yorkshire at Richmond in May. The small market town was packed with supporters and the atmosphere was electric. After a short parade before the race began, we performed a few of our favourite tunes on the main stage to an enthusiastic audience. In June we performed at the Dragon Boat Races in Shipley in support of the Battalion and their team entry. The team did well and we had a great time on the bandstand playing for the vast crowds at the event.
In July we took part in the Buxton Military Tattoo alongside the Band of the Welsh Guards and the Band of the Mercian Regiment. The Devonshire Dome where the event was held, has rather unique acoustics due to its unusual shape, and those performing marching displays have to rely on very different techniques to get the sound right. The audiences were, however, treated to a spectacular display of marching skill and precision, with music to entertain everyone. The finale, where the full cast came together, was a sight to behold, and a haunting rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’, with soloists from all three bands, left the audience breathless.
After a busy summer of engagements, our Annual Deployment Exercise included a performance at Shrewsbury Flower Show; taking part in the Loreley Tattoo in Germany on 1 Sep and also joining the Battalion in Lithuania in November.