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Musicians of the Household Division

Musicians of the Household Division

  • The Bands of the Household Division

United in the pursuit of Excellence


The Bands of the Household Division have a long and prestigious history; the bands are an iconic part of British national heritage.

The musicians of the Household Division 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 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 Bands of the Household Division, work persistently to uphold that reputation of excellence and in the service of His Majesty The King.


Commanding Officer, Household Division Bands:

Lieutenant Colonel S Halliday


Directors of Music, Household Division Bands:

Major C Bywater
Band of the Household Cavalry

Captain R Smith
Band of the Grenadier Guards

Major J Teggarty
Band of the Coldstream Guards

Major E Frost
Band of the Scots Guards

Captain P Brydon
Band of the Irish Guards

Warrant Officer Class One D Shave
Band of the Welsh Guards

Captain Mike McGowan
Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra

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