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SIR – John Carter is worried that the Royal Military School of Music might be closed and suggests that it bemerged with the Royal Marines School of Music.

Why does the military need music schools and bands at all? The same could be asked about ceremonial uniforms, swords and horses.

These relics of the past surely have no place in a modern military that is apparently strapped for cash.
 

slim

War Hero
SIR – John Carter is worried that the Royal Military School of Music might be closed and suggests that it bemerged with the Royal Marines School of Music.

Why does the military need music schools and bands at all? The same could be asked about ceremonial uniforms, swords and horses.

These relics of the past surely have no place in a modern military that is apparently strapped for cash.

While we are at it lets get rid of occifers and call them managers, get rid of the uniform and give everyone a clothing allowance. Stop all this saluting and calling superiors Sir or chief lets all be smudge or Dusty or even Nigel.
FFS Decimated pointless we are a military service with long standing traditions, when the tot was removed that was the last straw. We need to keep out traditions including the bands.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Or indeed, why do we need the Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Guards at Buckingham Palace, Officers Training Corps, University Air Squadrons, University Royal Naval Units, etc.,?

The Royal Marines Band fulfil an operational medical support role besides the ceremonial aspect & recently undertook the same group Force Protection duties in Afghanistan as other infantry units.
 
However the RAF Central Band pays triangle players on the higher pay band :(

And they turn up at your squadron (all 50 of them) rape your coffee boat, leave a mess and on checking the honesty box leave the grand sum of 55p :mad: (I havent got any beef with them at all)

If the RAF band are therefore going to be moved to Pompey, that explains the massive Holiday Inn at Gunwharf Quays ;)
 

CmdKeen

Lantern Swinger
In addition to what NS points out about the military roles they undertake the bands also charge for their commercial performances, though those are a small fraction of the number of performance they undertake each year. There was a big fuss kicked up a few years ago when the small payment they each received for the commercial performances was scrapped. If they are not already cost neutral they could easily be - though people would then moan about that. Plus they raise decent sums of money for service charities, the Guards concert at Christmas is great fun for instance.
They're a great way for forces PR at civic events in a way which doesn't see off the whole force. Bandies sign up to get run ragged, especially over the summer, representing their service in return for a trade.
 

Trainer

War Hero
Book Reviewer
No he makes a fair point - it was a constant source of comfort to me when I was redunded, that the MOD was going to keep about 3000 Horses on the books.
 

Trainer

War Hero
Book Reviewer
However the RAF Central Band pays triangle players on the higher pay band :(

And they turn up at your squadron (all 50 of them) rape your coffee boat, leave a mess and on checking the honesty box leave the grand sum of 55p :mad: (I havent got any beef with them at all)

If the RAF band are therefore going to be moved to Pompey, that explains the massive Holiday Inn at Gunwharf Quays ;)


And they're free feeders in the mess, when travelling to concerts and functions I think you'll find , in this otherwise PAYD world....:eek:
 
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