Royal Marines musicians prepare to celebrate graduation

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MUSICIANS are celebrating their graduation from the world-renowned Royal Marines School of Music.

The 14 military musicians have completed three years of intense musical education at the Portsmouth school, alongside military training, and will now join one of the five Royal Marines bands in the country.

They will formally pass out of training by giving a concert at Portsmouth Guildhall on August 9, which culminates in a spectacular Beating Retreat ceremony in Guildhall Square.

Major Jason Burcham, the director of music training at the Royal Marines School of Music, said: ‘After three years of intense musical and military training, our musicians and buglers are ready and eager to take on their ceremonial and operational 

‘They are outstanding young men and women and I’m incredibly proud of them all.

‘I’d encourage everyone to come along to the Guildhall on August 9 to see them perform for the last time with the Royal Marines School of Music before they embark on their careers in one of the five Royal Marines bands around the 

On Friday and Saturday, the marines marched through Gunwharf Quays and entertained shoppers.

People had a chance to meet the musicians after they played a finale outside the Spinnaker Tower.

The passing out ceremony on August 9 takes place at 2pm.

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