The Band of The Royal Corps of Signals is based at RAF Cosford in The Midlands and performs extensively both in the UK and worldwide. The band undertake state and ceremonial duties including events at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Stirling Castle, perform at recruiting events, Tattoos and concerts – both military and civilian as well as providing entertainment for Officers and Soldiers. They have made numerous recordings and their talents are in high-demand.
Band members work as a professional musicians and gain all the benefits of being a member of HM Forces, including the opportunity to participate in sports and adventure training – working with colleagues and testing ones limits in exciting and often exotic locations. They play regularly both at home and overseas.
Blow your own trumpet?
There are frequently vacancies for talented musicians to join The Corps Band and work as a professional musician. A wide-range of instrumentalists are sought, including:
• Lead/ Bass guitars
Not all applicants have formal music qualifications on entry although there is ample opportunity and encouragement to gain these once you join. Many of The Corp’s talented musicians gain entry via audition. This generally comprises of performing two contrasting pieces on chosen instruments and undertaking assessments on sight-reading, aural perception and general musicianship. An applicants potential as well as their performance at audition is taken into consideration.
Playing with panache
As well as playing military music in The Corps marching band, musicians perform a variety of genres, styles and ensembles including:
- Marching bands
- Symphonic wind bands
- Brass & woodwind quintets
- Saxophone quartets
- Big Bands
- Rock and pop bands
- Jazz/ Dixie bands
- Ceilidh bands (selected bands)
- Fanfare trumpet teams
- String orchestra
Up-to-date information and more details on insight courses and how to apply to be a professional musician in the band of The Royal Corps of Signals can be found via: www.army.mod.uk/rolefinder/role/145/musician.
The Corps has two Marches – a quick march ‘Begone Dull Care’, and a slow march ‘HRH The Princess Royal’. Both marches featured below are performed by The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals. Click on the links below to hear the marches performed by The Band of The Royal Corps of Signals.