Performance was a pleasure

The Royal Marines Association Concert Band
The Royal Marines Association Concert Band
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Children had a special visit from a military band who came in and performed at their schools.

The Royal Marines Association Concert Band, who are based at the Royal Marines Museum in Southsea, visited Purbook Infant and Junior Schools.

The band performed two separate concerts to accommodate both schools.

Derek Usher, who plays the trumpet for the band, says: ‘As a band, we did not know quite what to expect.

‘Most of the concerts in which we perform are to a very much older audience.

‘I think with the music being varied and the fascination of seeing a real live band making that sound, it proved sufficient to hold their attention to the end.

‘That made it very rewarding for all of the musicians performing.’

The band of 45 musicians have been serving the community and playing sell-out concerts all over the south of England.

The band was formed in 2006 to represent all former and serving Royal Marines nation and worldwide.

Around 95 per cent of them are Royal Marine musicians.

The children were introduced to the various instruments one by one.

By the end of each concert they were all able to distinguish between the different instruments.

To finish off the concert, all the children marched out in military style.

Derek adds: ‘It proved such a pleasure for all of us to do.

‘Perhaps more schools ought to consider this, as a way of encouraging their pupils to take up an instrument themselves.’