Combined band of The West Midlands Fire Service &
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Corps of Drums
Under the direction of:
Pat Ryan BA (Hons) LRSM ARCM & Drum Major Ian Washburn BEM
The Band of the West Midlands Fire Service is a concert band/ marching band based in Birmingham. The band was founded 30 years ago it represents the West Midlands Fire Service at official functions at home and abroad, including the 450th celebrations of William Shakespeare, the International Fire fighters Remembrance service, performing concerts and marching displays across the Midlands, UK. Paris and Belgium
Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Corps of Drums The Corps formed in 1984 and consists of side drummers/buglers, bass / tenor drummers. Under the direction of Drum Major Ian Washburn BEM (ex Grenadier Guards) Dave Morley (ex Royal Marines bugler)
The Corps has taken part in Military Tattoos and concerts across Europe and in front of royalty. The main event for the last 30 years has been leading a 60 strong combined band in Ypres, Belgium under the Menin Gate for the internationally attended Remembrance Day Parades in November.
The members of the Corps are not only serving fire fighters, and support staff but also people from the wider community. We welcome new members.
The Wessex Military Band
The Wessex Military Band was founded in 1981 by Bandmaster Martin Davison.
It started off by recruiting young musicians from the area of West Dorset. The dedication and commitment of those involved saw this band grow and in 1990 the British Army invited the band to form the voluntary band of the Army Air Corps based at Middle Wallop near Andover.
The band accepted and in a short space of time doubled its membership by recruiting experienced musicians from all over the south coast of England from Dorset to Portsmouth.
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