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State Ceremonial Musicians

State Ceremonial Musicians


The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence


The Massed Bands of the Household Division have 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 the Royal Corps of Army Music, the State Ceremonial Musicians of the Household Division each serve in either one of 7 Regimental Bands: 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, or the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra.

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.


Massed Bands of the Household Division


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 S J Halliday
Band of the Coldstream Guards

Major A Williams
Band of the Scots Guards

Captain N Skipper
Band of the Irish Guards

Major L Petritz-Watts
Band of the Welsh Guards

Captain S Marinescu
Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra

'Seven Joined Into One'
The Household Division

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