Striking up the band and making sweet music

Springfield School students with the Royal Marines musicians
Springfield School students with the Royal Marines musicians
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Students at a school in Drayton played host to a group of Royal Marines musicians.

The Year Seven pupils from Springfield School in Drayton hosted a special workshop where they were given the opportunity to work with musicians from the Royal Marines School of Music.

Sergeant Russ Piner and Corporal Helen Annett joined their colleagues at the school

The event was organised by Patrick Nichols from the Portsmouth Music Service, who has been working with a Year Seven class throughout this year.

This is the first time this type of collaboration has taken place with a school.

The musicians performed to the pupils before they all performed together as a group.

Carolyn Stevenson, music teacher at the school, says it was a huge success.

‘It was fantastic,’ she says.

‘The drummers were incredible.

‘They were so professional. They came in and performed for the pupils, which was quite inspiring.’

She adds: ‘The pupils really rose to the challenge. They have been working very hard.

‘It was just a joy to watch a group of 25 12-year-olds with six marines performing together.

‘It’s one of those experiences that I don’t think they’ll ever forget.

‘Not many people will get the chance to do it.’

After performing, the pupils then took part in a question-and-answer session with the marines.