Reg notches up 30 years’ service

HONOUR Warrant Officer Class 2 Reg Sheen
HONOUR Warrant Officer Class 2 Reg Sheen
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A ROYAL Marine musician who joined the corps as a 16-year-old trombone player has been awarded his second long service and good conduct medal after completing over 30 years in uniform.

Warrant Officer Reg Sheen, 47, of Petersfield, has played to audiences all over the world. For the last 10 years, he has been based at Whale Island, Portsmouth, where he is part of the event planning team organising concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and Beat The Retreat.

He said: ‘A lot of people don’t stay past the age of 40 but a lucky few of us get career extensions so I’ve been really privileged to be able to have stayed on.

‘I have had a brilliant time with the Royal Marine Band Service. If I had to pick out a favourite moment it would be marching down the Mall after Beating the Retreat, playing for the Queen.’