The Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Bermuda Regiment
The Band’s 30-odd members, most of whom are volunteers, range in age from the youngest junior bandsman at 15 years, to the most senior at 55. The average length of time served in the unit is about 15 years; hence there is a strong tradition that is passed on to the younger musicians. Some of the junior musicians go on to colleges and universities in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States to study music. Through the inspiration, motivation and support gained from the Band, some have returned to Bermuda to resume their service.
The Band has travelled extensively, touring North America, the Caribbean, Europe and the Far East and beyond. At home the Band has performed for all State Ceremonial parades and sovereign visits and has enjoyed the privilege of playing for Her Majesty, the Queen on several occasions, as well as His Imperial Majesty, the Honourable Haile Selassie I during his visits in the late 1960s. Later, Commissioner’s House at Bermuda’s Royal Naval Dockyard provided a stunning backdrop for a memorable performance for HRH Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, who was pleased to renew her acquaintance with Band at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2003.
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo showcased the best of Bermuda’s musical traditions in presenting the “Bermuda Show” which later traveled to Bremen Germany in 2005 to wide acclaim. The Band, along with the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band, Mr Robert Symons and the Bermuda National Gombey Troupe, has firmly established their international reputation.
Following the spectacular Bermuda Tattoo 2005 and a successful Band Camp in Jamaica in 2006, the Band along with other Bermuda participants staged “The Ties that Bind” a performance of music and dance at The Virginia International Tattoo in Norfolk in 2007. In 2008 the Band travelled “Down Under” to perform in the Commonwealth Bank Police Tattoo in Adelaide, South Australia. In 2009, the Band was instrumental in the staging and hosting of the Bermuda Tattoo in celebration of Bermuda’s 400th Anniversary.
When not performing, the Band carries out other military duties, recently serving as an immediate response team during the embodiments for Hurricanes Fay and Gonzalo in 2014.
The Band is involved in many community activities, fund-raising, charitable and sporting events, and serves the people of Bermuda with uncompromising pride. The Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Bermuda Regiment has great pleasure in celebrating their 50th anniversary and hosting international performers for The Bermuda Tattoo 2015.