The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence
Commanding Officer, Household Division Bands:
Lieutenant Colonel S N Haw MBE
Directors of Music, Household Division Bands:
Major P Collis-Smith
Band of the Household Cavalry
Captain B S Mason
Band of the Grenadier Guards
Major P W Norley
Band of the Coldstream Guards
Major M Aldridge
Band of the Scots Guards
Captain J H F Milne
Band of the Irish Guards
Major S J Halliday
Band of the Welsh Guards
Captain S Marinescu
Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra
The State Ceremonial Music of the Bands of the Household Division has a long and prestigious history; the bands are an iconic part of British national heritage.
The State Ceremonial Musicians can be routinely seen performing music for the Changing of the Guard ceremony at all the Royal Palaces and Castles, State Visits and Guards of Honour, moments of National Celebration, as well as moments of Nation Commemoration and Remembrance. Resplendent in red tunics and bearskin caps of the Foot Guards, or the State Dress of the Household Cavalry, the Bands of the Household Division provide the very finest, most stirring and moving performances of music.
Drawn from British Army Music, the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division each serve in one of 7 Regimental Bands or in the string orchestra: Grenadiers, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards of the Foot Guards Bands, the Household Cavalry Band, which includes musicians of both the Life Guards and Blues and Royals, and the Countess of Wessexâ€™s String Orchestra.
The 7 regiments, which together form the Household Division, have a long and proud history; the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Bands of the Household Division, work persistently to uphold that reputation of excellence and in the service of Her Majesty The Queen.
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