Brass band at Silverstone

REVVING UP The Royal Marines Band Service before the start of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone
REVVING UP The Royal Marines Band Service before the start of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone
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MILITARY musicians of the Royal Marines Band Service are used to performing in front of huge audiences.

So they took the opportunity to perform in front of a worldwide audience of millions well in their stride.

Members of the Portsmouth band performed to a television audience of millions at the British Grand Prix on Sunday.

The band appeared live on the BBC and Sky TV, playing the national anthem on the starting grid at Silverstone.

The 35 musicians then performed next to the pole position car shortly before the start of the race.

Captain Pete Curtis, the band’s director of music, said: ‘It was great to be invited to play at Silverstone.

‘How more British could it be than to have the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines perform the national anthem at the British Grand Prix?

‘We are proud to be here showcasing the Royal Marines Band and helping to put the British in the British Grand Prix.’

Away from the live TV cameras the band also performed a 15-minute marching display in front of the main grandstand, providing pre-race entertainment to the thousands of spectators.

The event comes at a busy time for the band, coming in between Armed Forces Day concerts in Nottingham and the South Coast Proms at Whale Island, Portsmouth, on July 5 and 6.

The South Coast Proms features the massed bands of the Royal Marines at HMS Excellent. Thousands of people are expected to enjoy a picnic in the grounds of the Royal Navy’s HMS Excellent, while enjoying a stunning programme of music.

There will also be an aerobatic display and a performance from the Military Wives Choir.

Tickets for the South Coast Proms can be bought from the box office on (023) 9231 2007 or online at southcoastproms.com.

As well as performing at high profile engagements across the world, Royal Marines musicians and buglers are trained to support military and humanitarian operations across the globe.

They support troops on the ground and at sea, working in roles as casualty handlers, ambulance drivers, radio operators and protecting convoys.