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IT IS no exaggeration to say the Royal Marines Band Service has some of the best musicians in the world.

But music students at Bay House School in Gosport were undaunted by the task of taking up seats among the marines of the Portsmouth band for a personal masterclass.

The Royal Marines Band  at Bay House School, Gosport

The Royal Marines Band at Bay House School, Gosport

The Royal Marines musicians visited the school to perform for the students and talk to them about life in the service.

Not ones to pass up an opportunity to learn from the best, the students then sat among the band and joined them in performances of the Pirates of the Caribbean and Avengers Assemble theme songs.

Under the direction of Captain Daryl Powell, the director of music of the Portsmouth band, they breezed through the tunes, including various solos, before finally giving a performance in front of their parents.

George Lewis, 17, conducted the band for one piece.

Royal Marines Band Portsmouth School Workshop''''Image shows: Sophie (18) a Sixth Form Student at Bay House School playing the Clarenet with a member of the Royal Marines Band''''Today, 13 February 2015 pupils at Bay House School, Gosport were serenaded by the Royal Marines Band Portsmouth before joining in with the prestigious band .''The Royal Marines Band attended the Gosport School to provide the students with an insight into the Band Service. Under the direction of Captain Darryl Powell the Director of Music at the Portsmouth based band, the students had a demonstration of the full concert band followed by all the different ensembles that it breaks down to. To the students surprise the band then reformed to their function band setup and were then treated to some of the latest hits in the charts before the students joined the full concert band for a workshop. ''The afternoon finished up with the pupils parents being invited to watch the Royal Marines band and their children perform a series of musical pie

Royal Marines Band Portsmouth School Workshop''''Image shows: Sophie (18) a Sixth Form Student at Bay House School playing the Clarenet with a member of the Royal Marines Band''''Today, 13 February 2015 pupils at Bay House School, Gosport were serenaded by the Royal Marines Band Portsmouth before joining in with the prestigious band .''The Royal Marines Band attended the Gosport School to provide the students with an insight into the Band Service. Under the direction of Captain Darryl Powell the Director of Music at the Portsmouth based band, the students had a demonstration of the full concert band followed by all the different ensembles that it breaks down to. To the students surprise the band then reformed to their function band setup and were then treated to some of the latest hits in the charts before the students joined the full concert band for a workshop. ''The afternoon finished up with the pupils parents being invited to watch the Royal Marines band and their children perform a series of musical pie

George, pictured inset with the conductor’s baton, said: ‘I couldn’t believe they let me conduct the Royal Marines Band.

‘It was amazing. It didn’t quite sink in at the time.

‘But hearing them perform was incredible and it’s great that they would come and do this for us.

‘A career in the Royal Marines Band Service is definitely something I am considering now.’

Royal Marines Band Portsmouth School Workshop''''Image shows the Corps of Drums from the Royal Marines Band Portsmouth''''Today, 13 February 2015 pupils at Bay House School, Gosport were serenaded by the Royal Marines Band Portsmouth before joining in with the prestigious band .''The Royal Marines Band attended the Gosport School to provide the students with an insight into the Band Service. Under the direction of Captain Darryl Powell the Director of Music at the Portsmouth based band, the students had a demonstration of the full concert band followed by all the different ensembles that it breaks down to. To the students surprise the band then reformed to their function band setup and were then treated to some of the latest hits in the charts before the students joined the full concert band for a workshop. ''The afternoon finished up with the pupils parents being invited to watch the Royal Marines band and their children perform a series of musical pieces some never before heard in public.

Royal Marines Band Portsmouth School Workshop''''Image shows the Corps of Drums from the Royal Marines Band Portsmouth''''Today, 13 February 2015 pupils at Bay House School, Gosport were serenaded by the Royal Marines Band Portsmouth before joining in with the prestigious band .''The Royal Marines Band attended the Gosport School to provide the students with an insight into the Band Service. Under the direction of Captain Darryl Powell the Director of Music at the Portsmouth based band, the students had a demonstration of the full concert band followed by all the different ensembles that it breaks down to. To the students surprise the band then reformed to their function band setup and were then treated to some of the latest hits in the charts before the students joined the full concert band for a workshop. ''The afternoon finished up with the pupils parents being invited to watch the Royal Marines band and their children perform a series of musical pieces some never before heard in public.

At the start of the workshop, the Royal Marines performed for the students in various ensembles, including the function band. In stark contrast to the ceremonial music the students might have typically associated the band with, the marines breezed through covers of Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk and Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off.

They then spoke to the students about life in the Royal Marines Band Service and about the training they receive to reach their world-class status.

Capt Powell said: ‘This visit was about us giving something back to the community and encouraging more people to look at the Royal Marines Band Service as a career option.

‘It’s a good chance to dispel a few myths about the band service and show them a different side of us to what they might have in their minds.’