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Discussion in 'Royal Marines Band' started by Rover, Oct 6, 2017.

  1. Ninja_Stoker

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    For me, although admittedly biased as a recruiter, I consider the Royal Marines to be the best musically and the most versatile both with regards musicality (a bit like amphibiosity, as a word :) ) and with regard multi-faceted operational employability.

    The RMBS can operate in the medical support role, group force protection and in a functional role manning decontamination stations in the field and afloat when operating in a Chemical, Biological, Radioactive or Nuclear contamination zone.

    Musically they can re-role from a marching band to a sit-down symphony orchestra with a full string section to a swing band, rock band and big band sound.

    Possibly other military bands can do this but I've only ever witnessed the Royal Marines undertake all the musical and operational taskings listed.

    ....if they can do all that AND become Commando qualified, it really would be taking the pee :D
     
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  2. Rover

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    [QUOTE="Ninja_Stoker, post: 627279, member: 19679]

    ....if they can do all that AND become Commando qualified, it really would be taking the pee :D[/QUOTE]

    Well there was 42 Commando Pipe Band.:cool:

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  3. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    Well there was 42 Commando Pipe Band.:cool:

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    My god man. Why is this not still going. The bagpipes are the most rousing battle sound in all of history.
     
  4. Rover

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    They can still be found......

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  5. Illustrious

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    My god man. Why is this not still going. The bagpipes are the most rousing battle sound in all of history.[/QUOTE]

    Damn right! Nothing motivates a soldier to charge down the enemy more than the bagpipes... If only to get away from the noise.
     
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  6. Rover

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  7. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

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    Absolutely glorious.
     
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    Caversham Former RM Commando

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    If you haven't done a parade with a good band and have not earned that privilege in all sense of the word then you have not lived!
     
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  10. Ninja_Stoker

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    I remember playing Highland Cathederal on HMS Illustrious in the ship's volunteer band, together with the Royal Marines Band, Portsmouth whilst in New York.

    The piper was stood at the top of the aircraft ramp on the pointy bit, we were at the blunt end on the aft aircraft lift coming up onto the deck like the opening scenes from Trumpton.

    Sadly, no matter how loud we played, you could still hear the pipes. ;)
     
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  11. Rover

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  12. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

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  13. Rover

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    Perhaps of interest....


    After the outbreak of World War II, 225 musicians and buglers had been killed in action which was a quarter of their strength at the time and the highest percentage of losses of any branch of any service.
     
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  14. Old Man

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    For goodness' sake Royal, play something they know.
     

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