Coldstream Guards Band

Coldstream Guards Band

Infobox musical artist
Name = Coldstream Guards Band
Background = Military Band
Alias = Band of the Coldstream Guards
Origin = flagicon|UK London, England, United Kingdom
URL = [http://www.army.mod.uk/music/corps-band/463.aspx Home of the Coldstream Guards Band]

The Band of the Coldstream Guards is one of the oldest and best known bands in the British Army, having been officially formed on 16 May 1785 [http://www.army.mod.uk/coldstreamguardsband/history/index.htm] under the command of Major C F Eley, reflecting the fact that the Coldstream Guards regiment is the oldest of the guards regiments. Although the band is not technicaly the oldest in the Army, it has the longest standing tradition of music, as from its earliest days the officers of the Coldstream Guards hired eight musicians to provide music for the regiment during the changing of the guard. This is an event which still occurs today, every day at eleven thirty in the summer outside Buckingham Palace. The Band of the Coldstream Guards is often used to provide the music in present day.

History

The band received the first British bandmaster in 1835 called Charles Godfry, as previously most bandmasters had been foreign, such as the first who was German.

The Coldstream Guards Band was one of the very first British army bands to make a recording before World War I.

On 18 June 1944 over one hundred twenty people were killed in the chapel at Wellington Barracks when a German flying bomb hit the chapel. The director of the band was included in those killed, prompting a new man, Captain Douglas Arthur Pope, to be appointed.

In 1960, the band started a new tradition, to tour from coast to coast of the United States of America, each ten years. This tradition still takes place.

The band is currently based at Wellington Barracks in St. James's London along with all of the other guards bands at present, although the Coldstream Guards Band moved in as soon as the barracks was completed, making it the first official home of the band.

Current personnel of note

*Director of Music: Major Graham Jones MBE MMus FTCL ARCM psm.
*Bandmaster: WO1 Gregory Machin BMus (Hons) ALCM.
*Band Sergeant Major: WO2 Arron Travis BSc (Hons), Pg Dip, Dip Geog Env, LGCI.

Ensembles

There are several ensembles within the band of the Coldstream Guards:
* Concert Band
* Marching Band
* Orchestra
* Brass Quintet
* Function Band
* Jazz Trio
* Fanfares
* Woodwind Quintet

Events

The Coldstream Guards Band plays regularly for ceremonial occasions and events. Some are listed below but this is not a comprehensive list.

* Changing of the Guard
* The Festival of Remembrance
* Trooping of the Colour
* Beating the Retreat

The band also performs at other non-military events in the same way as other military bands such as the Grenadier Guards Band or another civilian professional organisations.

See also

* Grenadier Guards Band
* Irish Guards Band
* Scots Guards Band
* Welsh Guards Band
* Household Division

References

External links

* [http://www.army.mod.uk/music/corps-band/463.aspx Home of Coldstream Guards Band]
* [http://www2.army.mod.uk/coldstreamguardsband/index.htm Former website]
* [http://military-bands.co.uk/coldstream_guards.html Band History]
* [http://www.coldstreamguardsband.com Former personnel website]


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