Royal Marines musicians will graduate in style

Royal Marines School of Music students who have graduated, pictured onboard HMS Diamond. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142093-3)
Royal Marines School of Music students who have graduated, pictured onboard HMS Diamond. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142093-3)
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They have been training for years to join the ranks of the military’s world-class musicians. Now these Royal Marines are preparing to graduate with a spectacular show. Sam Bannister and Robyn Montague report.

After three years of intensive military and musical training, these Royal Marines musicians are finally ready to graduate in style.

The military musicians, who have all been studying at the Portsmouth-based Royal Marines School of Music, are celebrating their graduation from the world-class musical training base.

They will formally finish their training with a spectacular concert at Portsmouth Guildhall tomorrow, finishing with a Beating Retreat ceremony in Guildhall Square.

Musician Dan Crittenden, 21, is one of those who will be taking part.

He said: ‘It’s nice to finally graduate after putting so much effort in for the last three years.

‘It will all culminate in the concert which will be fantastic.

‘Hopefully now we are going on to join the band service we will be able to go around the world.

‘The highlight of my training has definitely been the ability to go out and do shows.’

The Royal Marines musicians receive some of the most demanding and intensive musical education in the world.

They then go on to join one of five bands, including those in Portsmouth and Fareham.

The Royal Marines musicians celebrated their achievement with a photograph on board HMS Diamond in Portsmouth Naval Base.

Last week, the marines marched through Gunwharf Quays and entertained shoppers with a display of their skills.

The marines marched around the shopping centre for an hour before stopping to chat with members of the public and having pictures taken with them by the Spinnaker Tower.

It also gave visitors a taste of the world-class music performance they will be giving tomorrow at Portsmouth Guildhall. The concert takes place at Portsmouth Guildhall tomorrow at 2pm.

Tickets cost £12, children and concessions including serving members of the armed forces are £10.

For more information or to book tickets call the box office on (023) 9282 4355 or visit