Royal Marines Band to perform at top sport events

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  • Portsmouth-based Royal Marines Band will perform at the British Grand Prix and the Ashes
  • The musicians will hit the Silverstone track on July 5 and Lord’s on July 18
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THE Royal Marines Band Service is getting ready to perform at two of the world’s biggest sporting events.

The Portsmouth-based band will be taking to the track of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone just days before they perform during the Ashes at Lord’s.

To play at one of these major sporting events is a great honour, but to play at two within a matter of weeks is going to be something very special

Captain Daryl Powell

The 35 musicians will perform at Silverstone on July 5, marching to the starting grid and entertaining the crowds before the race starts.

Then on July 18 they will put on a show during the lunch interval of the Ashes test between England and Australia.

Captain Daryl Powell, the band’s director of music, said: ‘To play at one of these major sporting events is a great honour, but to play at two within a matter of weeks is going to be something very special.

‘Not only will there be thousands of people watching us perform at each venue, but these sporting occasions also attract worldwide television audiences of many millions which gives our performances extra significance.

‘But playing at top sporting events such as these is one of the reasons we join the Royal Marines Band Service, so I know all of the musicians are looking forward to them.’

As well as performing, Royal Marines musicians are trained to support military and humanitarian operations across the globe, giving vital support to troops on the ground and at sea.