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HMS Heron Volunteer Band at the 2011 RN Band Festival
HMS Heron Volunteer Band at the 2011 RN Band Festival
HMS Heron Volunteer Band
Band Colour Sgt Tom Crane

Heron Band to Play at Montacute Diamond Jubilee Tattoo

Published: 12 Jul 2012

Band members from The Royal Naval Air Station at Yeovilton are excitedly looking forward to their most prestigious event of the year at the Montacute Diamond Jubilee Tattoo in Somerset on Tuesday 4th September 2012.

A thrilling and refreshing format is planned for this year in the form of a Military Tattoo in the wonderful setting of the Cedar Lawn at Montacute House (by kind permission of the National Trust). The Band and Bugles of the Rifles will be supported by HMS Heron Royal Naval Volunteer Band; the Somerset Army Cadet Force Silver Bugles; and the Pipes and Drums of the Wessex Highlanders in nearly two hours of non-stop military music and marching displays.

With a band of around thirty members this year’s display will contain some of the finest military music from around the British Isles as well as a finale featuring the music of prolific film composer John Williams. The HMS Heron Volunteer Band was awarded ‘Best Marching Band’ at the Royal Naval Volunteer Band Festival in Portsmouth 2011.

Under the guidance of a full time Royal Marine Band Colour Sergeant the volunteers from HMS Heron give up considerable time representing the Royal Navy at around fifty engagements a year. This makes them the busiest of the Royal Naval Volunteer Bands and their popularity and the demand for their services just keeps growing.

“The Montacute Tattoo is an opportunity to join forces with both professional and amateur musicians for what promises to be an exceptional evening of military music”, said Royal Marine Band Colour Sargent Tom Crane, Band leader of the HMS Heron Volunteer Band.

Montacute House is a late Elizabethan country house situated in the Beautiful South Somerset Village of Montacute. The house is a Glittering example of English architecture during a period that was moving from the medieval Gothic to the Renaissance Classical; this has resulted in Montacute being regarded as one of the finest Elizabethan houses in the Country.

The Montacute Diamond Jubilee Tattoo opens at 1730 for picnics on Tuesday 4th September at Montacute House near Yeovil in Somerset. Music and Marching displays start at 1900.

Proceeds from the event will go towards support for local and Service Charities.


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