Royal Marines from Portsmouth play carols to millions on Chris Evans Radio 2 show

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Portsmouth-based Royal Marines musicians brought festive cheer to millions of radio listeners today when they performed live on the Chris Evans breakfast show.

A brass quintet from the Royal Marines Band Portsmouth played Christmas carols throughout the three-hour show, which attracts an average weekly audience of just under 10 million.

The ensemble comprised Band Colour Sergeant Dave ‘Spud’ Edwards (trumpet), Band Sergeant Doug Scott (horn), Band Corporal Mark Upton (trumpet), Band Corporal Matt Bowditch (trombone)and Musician Harrison ‘Swampy’ Marsh (tuba).

Major Jason Burcham of HQ Royal Marines Band Service, who joined the musicians in the studio, said: ‘It was a fantastic experience. It has certainly put us in the Christmas mood – I hope it did the same for the listeners.’