Director of Music to the Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood Major Pete Curtis MBE has said he is ‘proud and delighted’ that the band will be part of this year’s Tynwald Day celebrations.
Some 41 band members will be travelling from their base in Fareham, Hampshire to the Isle of Man where they will perform their ceremonial role during the formal proceedings then play at the Sunset ceremony.
Major Curtis said: ‘We are all looking forward to coming to the Isle of Man for Tynwald Day. The band is, of course, used to playing at prestigious concerts and ceremonial settings around the world but what makes this engagement so special is the history of it; knowing that we are performing at a ceremony in which so many people will have taken part down through the ages. And what’s also unique is “the big long stand” – at around three hours it’s one of the longest but it should pose no challenge to the seasoned players I have in RM Band Collingwood.’
Pictured: HM Royal Marines Collingwood playing at Windsor Castle
For more information about Tynwald Day 2015: http://www.tynwald.org.im/about/tynday/TD2015/
The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood was formed on June 16th 2009 and was the first Royal Marines Band to march into the House of Parliament. In addition to its musical commitments the RM Band Collingwood has deployed on the Primary Casualty Receiving Ship (PCRS) RFA Argus to exercise its operational roles.
The Band also had an integral role in the London 2012 Olympic Games, led the Olympic and Paralympic Athletes’ ‘Our Greatest Team’ parade through central London, played at Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee events and at Baroness Thatcher’s funeral, was among the massed bands Beating the Retreat on Horse Guards’ Parade in London, took part in the celebrations to commemorate 350 years of the Royal Marines and performed at events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
For further information:
Deputy Clerk of Tynwald
Legislative Buildings, Douglas, IM1 3PW
Tel: (01624) 685500