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Our Role

Through Music, Service Bands are to sustain and develop the moral component of fighting power, support State Ceremonial, and achieve influence in order to further Defence and National interests.

Music is utilised in the British Armed Forces as a source of influence. It contributes to the moral component of fighting power by supporting the ethos, tradition and identity of our personnel.

The universality of music is a powerful tool available to Commanders as a source of communication and positive influence.

Military music sustains support for formations at home, on operations and is a means of UK Defence influence around the globe.

Through music Service Bands:

  • Sustain and develop the moral component of fighting power
  • Support State Ceremonial
  • Achieve influence in order to further Defence and National interests

Defence Contribution to UK influence

In an age of uncertainty, the UK is committed to projecting influence and power abroad, in order to protect interests at home.

Military music is uniquely placed to contribute to this. Service Bands are to act as ambassadors of the Armed Forces:

  • Representing the professionalism of Service personnel
  • Broader attributes for which Britain is admired
Corps of Army Music around the world February 2014

State Ceremonial

State Bands of the Army are amongst the finest military bands in the world. Regarded as an essential part of the fabric of the nation, they are charged with tasks that are symbolic and represent centuries of British tradition. Emblems of patriotism, their sound stirs the soul and in every way they are a civilizing influence.

Support to Army Units

Service Bands are tasked to support the ethos of the Armed Forces, by reinforcing through music the pride, comradeship and traditions that Service personnel share.

This can be achieved in a number of ways:

  • Marching bands at graduation parades
  • Supporting freedom parades
  • Celebration or remembrance events
  • Unit events such as dinner nights or farewell events

Military music is a unifying influence.

Community engagement and recruiting

Sustaining support for the military at home is vitally important and Service bands are tasked to support Community Engagement and recruiting initiatives. Service Bands are the public face of the Armed Forces - be they marching through our streets, performing in concert halls or at county shows, Beating Retreat or performing at State Ceremonial occasions.

Military Bands draw attention and have a positive influence on the nations conscience and attitude towards supporting our Armed Forces during difficult, dangerous and politically charged operations.

Troop Morale Support

Service Bands are tasked to contribute to the moral component of fighting power:

  • Entertaining Service personnel
  • Providing respite during ongoing operations
  • Deliver large scale musical support at the Main Operating Bases
  • Smaller, lightly equipped and flexible groups, for deployment to Smaller Operating Bases and the more remote British bases overseas

Peace Support Operations

Service bands are tasked to engage the local population in operational theatres, paving the way for co-operation and communication.

This type of soft power is a tool with which to rebuild the confidence and coherence or a community.

Music does not resolve disputes it creates a climate in which disputes can be resolved.

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