NOT many people get the chance to perform with the elite musicians of the Royal Marines School of Music.
But almost 2,000 schoolchildren from around the area yesterday got the chance to learn from the best in a day-long musical workshop.
Youngsters clapped and cheered their way through some top class performances from the military musicians of the Portsmouth-based School of Music.
The event was aimed at encouraging more young people to take an interest in music.
For six-year-old Evie Doyle, drumming along with the military musicians was even more of a treat as it was her
The pupil, from Goldsmith Infant School in Southsea, said: ‘I thought it was really good and we were all dancing in our chairs.
‘I have a big box of instruments at home and it has made me want to play music.’
The schoolchildren sat entranced by the band’s skills as they powered through performances such as the theme from The Pirates of the Caribbean and James Bond title songs.
They were also taught a number of musical patterns to perform along with the band.
There were screams and cheers when the Corps of Drums suddenly came marching through the stalls, and some were even given the chance to have a go on the instruments.
Warrant Officer Freddie Lomas, the bandmaster at the Royal Marines School of Music, said: ‘We’re here to inspire and motivate youngsters from the local areas.
‘If we can get half a dozen chilren going away today and learning an instrument then it’s job done for us.
‘They are certainly a different audience.
‘They are very excitable and it’s fantastic. They give a very natural reaction.
‘It’s really different from the audiences that we normally get. It’s very unusual to get so many schools under one roof to perform for them in somewhere like the Kings Theatre.’
The concerts were arranged in partnership with the Portsmouth Music Hub and the Kings Theatre in Southsea.
Over the course of the day there were almost 2,000 infant, junior, and secondary school children invited to the event.