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State Ceremonial Music

State Ceremonial Music



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.


Latest News

Band of the Scots Guards 


Latest recording by the Band of the Scots Guards
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Wednesday 15th September 2021

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Irish Guards Band perform at Goodwood

Friday 24th September 2021

The band returned after leave in good spirits to perform at the Goodwood Revival Festival last weekend. This includes playing to visitors as they came into the venue and at the flight display area as well as the Victory Parade. The Victory Parade is an especially moving event as vehicles - civilian and military - lined up the tracks to relive the moment when crowds took to the streets in London to celebrate the end of Second World War in 1946.


Welsh Guards Band perform at the 81st Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

Wednesday 22nd September 2021

 Recently the Band of the Welsh Guards performed at the Battle of Britain Memorial event at RAF Northwood. In support of the Royal Air Force’s Queen’s Colour Squadron, the band performed in the presence of Flight Lieutenant (Retired) Colin S Bell, a 100-year-old World War 2 pilot. 



The Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra perform at Regent Hall

20th September 2021

The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra (CWSO) recently performed at Regent Hall, their season debut, and first public concert since the lockdown of March 2020. 


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