Based in Huddersfield, our Army Reserve Band is made up of a close-knit team of 30 superbly qualified, degree-standard musicians. From schoolteachers and professional orchestras, members of the Band are required to commit to at least 27 days a year to Army Reserve service.
The Band’s first Spring season priority was to attend the invitation from 2 YORKS and British Forces Cyprus to provide musical support to their programme of events, which included a performance at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Nicosia. The Band was also proud to lead the Green Howard’s parade through Richmond followed by playing at The Yorkshire Regiment stakes, where Sgt Venus and Musn Spencer led the winning horse “Exminster” into the winners parade ring
There probably hasn’t been a busier period in the Band’s history than the number of requests received because of the volume of national events in June. The Band performed at the 42-gun salute in York Museum Gardens for the Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee, where Band members were given special permission to wear their Platinum Jubilee medals for the first time in front of a large audience in a Bank Holiday mood. The Band’s scarlet tunics stood out against the immaculate lawns of the Deanery Gardens, whilst members of the public peered over the York City walls to see the Band at the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire’s Garden party.
No sooner were the instruments loaded onto a coach after the event, than the Band travelled through the night to Normandy to perform at the D-Day commemorations at Bayeux Cathedral, followed by the privilege of being the first Band to perform a concert at the British Normandy Memorial. General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC joined in the singing as the Band played an “Armed Forces Salute” and the sight of a lone Spitfire flying low overhead dipping its wings as it passed the Memorial, triggered many emotions among the crowds attending the event. From that very high-profile event, the Band finished its Normandy performances with a poignant performance at the hut taken by WO2 Stanley Hollis VC 6th Green Howards on Gold Beach and a high-powered parade at Crepon led by General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC, where the salute was taken by Major General Stenning OBE and Brigadier Colthup.
Once again, no sooner than the parade was over, instruments were loaded onto a coach and the Band’s brass group were on a plane to Tunis to perform at the British Embassy for the Queen’s Birthday and Jubilee. Making the connecting plane back by the skin of their teeth, the Brass Group had little time to rest before joining the Band for National Armed Forces Day in Scarborough. In perfect weather the event was attended by over 100,000 people cheering on the Band as they marched through Scarborough. The event was preceded on Friday evening by the band performing to 350 people at the Gala Dinner and the whole AFD Event topped off with a magnificent Red Arrows display.
The disciplines switched in July as the Band was required to perform marching displays at the Military Tattoo for the Sonderborg Ringriderfesten, Denmark. With over 500 riders and performances by 8 other European musical corps, the event was a huge success being the first after cancellations due to the COVID pandemic. On return the Band put the display into further practice with a performance at the annual Regiment Cocktail party at the Great Yorkshire Show. One statistic worthy of note: the Band performed at 18 separate engagements in a month over the summer period, the busiest it has ever been.
Here is just a taste of what the Band of The Yorkshire Regiment have been doing!