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Thursday, 26 February 2015

RAF Band coming to Milford

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The Milford on Sea Branch of the Royal British Legion have somehow managed to bring the Central Band of The Royal Air Force to the village.

This world renowned group of musicians have never visited us before, so this concert performance is a significant coup.

Everyone is invited to come along to watch and hear them, that is if the tickets don't sell out soon!

Music has always been an integral part of military life and since its formation in 1920, the Central Band of the Royal Air Force has boasted a proud and distinguished heritage.

In 1922, the Central Band became the first military band to broadcast on BBC Radio and remains the most frequently featured on the airwaves. Alongside this broadcasting success, the musicians of the Band are well recognised for their recording prowess. Beginning in 1955 with the release of Eric Coates’ 'The Dambusters March' (HMV), the Central Band became the first military band to make a long-playing record and remains at the forefront of military band and contemporary wind ensemble recording.

As well as travelling the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, the Central Band maintains a strong international presence; indeed, the band has the distinction of being the first outside the USA to be awarded the 'John Philip Sousa Citation for Musical Excellence'.

There is, however, another side to the sterling accomplishments of Central Band musicians. As serving members of the Royal Air Force, musicians also undertake to support key operational roles, with many having served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey and the Falkland Islands. Our musicians are required to fulfil a diverse range of operational roles, from detainee handling in Afghanistan to driving ambulances in the Falkland Islands.

From the concert stage to operational theatres around the globe, Central Band musicians display, in their conduct and performance, the excellence for which the Royal Air Force has become renowned during its illustrious history.

Concert: Saturday 7th March at All Saints' Church 

Tickets are available from the Community Centre Box Office.

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