THEY are one of the world’s most admired ensembles — now the Royal Marines Band is celebrating its remarkable history with a new album.
This year marks the 350th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Marines Corps, and the military musicians have compiled Ocean Wave to mark the important milestone.
They have been joined on several tracks by some of the country’s best soloists including Russell Watson, Lucy Kay and Amy Dickson.
The album, featuring numerous Portsmouth-based Royal Marines musicians, has been released through record label Sony.
Lieutenant Colonel Nick Grace, the principal director of music for the Royal Marines Band Service, said: ‘We knew we had to do something special this year for the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines.
‘Sony actually approached us and we decided to do an album with music that really encapsulates the whole of the British Isles.
‘It really brings everybody together through music and that is what we are all about.’
The band, including several Royal Marines from Portsmouth, appeared on ITV’s This Morning with singer Lucy Kay to promote their new record.
The album features tracks representing all corners of the UK and includes songs such as I Vow To Thee My Country, Flower of Scotland, We’ll Keep a Welcome, and Danny Boy.
Famed throughout the world for their immaculate appearance, drill and musicianship, the bandsmen and women of the Royal Marines Band Service combined their military precision and discipline with an artistic interpretation that places them in the top level of musical ensembles.
The band embraces all kinds of music and can perform in many different formations from fanfare teams, dance bands and orchestras to chamber ensembles.