The military marching band from the Duke of York’s Royal Military School in Dover took to the pitch at Lord’s on Thursday (19 May) to entertain the crowd between matches at the annual Inter Services Twenty20 Cricket Tournament.
The United Kingdom Armed Forces Inter Services T20 is a triangular Twenty20 tournament involving all three armed forces who play for the Inter Services T20 Trophy.
The Duke of York’s Royal Military School has a full military marching band of 90 students, incorporating a corps of 28 drummers and buglers. Members are recruited from Year 9 to Year 13 and are selected for their talent and enthusiasm. The musicians have extra accoutrements on their parade uniforms and wear a cap, distinct from the usual beret.
Chris Russell, the school’s Executive Principal, said: “We are enormously proud to have been chosen to perform at this prestigious event. Our military band works hard to achieve a high standard of musicianship and it is rewarding and memorable for our students to perform at venues such as Lord’s Cricket Ground.”
The marching band performs each July at the school’s Grand Day, as well as public events such as the recent England vs Argentina rugby game at Twickenham and the Police Passing Out Parade at Hendon. In January this year, the band entertained celebrity guests at the Sun Military Awards at the Guildhall, London, when TV personality Peter Andre took the baton and conducted the students, to the delight of the crowd.
The band is trained and conducted by Major David Cresswell (retired), a former Director of Music of the Welsh Guards, who for four years had the responsibility of composing and arranging music for the Trooping of the Colour and other state occasions.