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Fourteen military musicians are celebrating their graduation from the world-renowned Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth.

They have now completed three years of intense musical education and will now join one of five Royal Marines bands in the country.

Royal Marines celebrating their graduation at Guildhall Square today

Royal Marines celebrating their graduation at Guildhall Square today

They will formally pass out of a training at a concert next week, but first they marked their graduation with a celebratory photograph on the steps of Portsmouth Guildhall.

Throwing their caps into the air with an almighty cheer, the musicians received applause from passers-by.

Major Jason Burcham, the director of music training at the Royal Marines School of Music, said: ‘After three years of intense musical and military training, our musicians and buglers are ready and eager to take on their ceremonial and operational duties.

‘They are outstanding young men and women and I’m incredibly proud of them all.’

On August 9, the Royal Marines School of Music Band will perform at Portsmouth Guildhall, finishing up with a spectacular Beating Retreat ceremony in Guildhall Square.

The event starts at 2pm.

For more information or to book tickets call (023) 9282 4355 or visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.

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