Royal Marines band perform in Afghan warzone

sa poss STANDALONE RM Band Portsmouth rocking Afghanistan pic 3''Portsmouth Royal Marines Band in Helmand.''3 pics to follow in separate emails.'' ''Simon Smith''Senior Press Officer (SPRO)''HM Naval Base Portsmouth''Room 222 Victory Building''HM Naval Base Portsmouth. PO1 3LS'' ''Email: simon.smith761@mod.uk''Mil tel: 9380 23025 |  Civ tel: 02392 723025''caption:The Show Band of the Royal Marines Band has flown out to Afghanistan to perform for troops serving as part of Operation HERRICK 14. ''''The band played a selection of classics and modern songs and included a Blues Brothers and Elvis tribute. ''''The band perform in front of hundreds of people at the HQ of Task Force Helmand in Lashkar Gah, Helmand.
sa poss STANDALONE RM Band Portsmouth rocking Afghanistan pic 3''Portsmouth Royal Marines Band in Helmand.''3 pics to follow in separate emails.'' ''Simon Smith''Senior Press Officer (SPRO)''HM Naval Base Portsmouth''Room 222 Victory Building''HM Naval Base Portsmouth. PO1 3LS'' ''Email: simon.smith761@mod.uk''Mil tel: 9380 23025 | Civ tel: 02392 723025''caption:The Show Band of the Royal Marines Band has flown out to Afghanistan to perform for troops serving as part of Operation HERRICK 14. ''''The band played a selection of classics and modern songs and included a Blues Brothers and Elvis tribute. ''''The band perform in front of hundreds of people at the HQ of Task Force Helmand in Lashkar Gah, Helmand.

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MUSICIANS from the Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth are in Afghanistan entertaining their fellow troops.

They have been touring the British area of operations and playing to squads of 3 Commando Brigade.

The 15-piece show band, which is led by Major Tony Smallwood, comprises a rhythm section, two vocalists and a host of instruments.

Their first performance took place in the Role 3 Hospital in Camp Bastion where the band played to patients and staff on the wards.

The playlist included songs from the Blues Brothers, the Commitments and James Brown, as well as some more modern covers.

Commander Carol Betteridge, of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service, said: ‘Music always makes you feel good and it raises morale. It was excellent for everyone here in the hospital.’

During its month-long tour of Afghanistan the band has performed across the country, from Helmand to Kabul.