Marine musicians take to concert hall

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In Portsmouth the royal forces always seem to be a constant presence, particularly the navy and the marines. So it seems to make perfect sense that the Royal Marines Association Concert Band not only exist, but are so successful.

Due to an overwhelming public demand the group are performing for the third time at Ferneham Hall, Fareham next Sunday night.

They rehearse at the Mountbatten Suite at the Royal Marines Museum in Southsea, and have been performing to sold out shows across the South.

Derek Usher, who joined when the band formed in April 2006 and is a trumpet player, said: ‘I left the Marines in the Seventies, some left in the Eighties and Nineties, there are even some who only left a couple of years ago.

‘A lot of people are based down here in the Marines and don’t have anywhere else to go, so they stay. That means there are a lot of musicians around the place.

‘It started off as a small meeting and now we have a band of 50!’

Directing the performance is Captain Pete Curtis, who was awarded an MBE last week and is an acting Captain in the Marines.

Their programme of music will include popular Royal Marine marches, film themes, musicals, classics and overtures.

Tickets: £5 to £15, from (01329) 231942 or fernehamhall.co.uk.