The Regimental Band & Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh
The Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh is one of the very few all-brass bands within British Army Music, drawing players from the South Wales region’s rich brass band heritage and culture to its ranks. All musicians are members of the Army Reserve and commit to the Band around their civilian occupations.
The Band has a versatility of style and repertoire both on the concert platform and on parade as a marching band. It has a continued presence at the Millennium Stadium performing to rugby fans Worldwide.
The Band is enhanced by the presence of the Corps of Drums of the 3rd Battalion the Royal Welsh who, with style and expertise, add the final polish to any engagement. In contrast to the Bands’ blue helmets, the Corps of Drums can be easily identified by their white colonial helmets famously associated with the immortal defense of Rorke's Drift, which was brought to the big screen in the classic film 'Zulu'. The Bearskin caps and flash on the back of the jacket are from the Royal Welch Fusiliers, the senior of the antecedent regiments.
The Band and Drums have also travelled extensively abroad to countries including Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Canada, Italy and Australia. They have entertained audiences the World over at a number of military tattoos, including the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo - the world’s largest indoor show of its type. Other notable highlights include performances in the Sydney Opera House and also at the Royal Variety Performance.
The Band and Drums are very active in supporting the service charities and representing their Regiment, the Army and the people of Wales.
The Royal Welsh
The Royal Welsh is Wales’ infantry regiment. It has inherited a distinguished military tradition from its predecessors: The Royal Welch Fusiliers (23rd Foot) and The Royal Regiment of Wales (formerly the 24th, 41st and 69th Foot – and later the South Wales Borderers, Welch Regiment and Monmouthshire Regiment). Although, in some respects, the story only began on 1st March 2006 when The Royal Welsh was formed, its history reaches back to the year 1689 when the 23rd and 24th Regiments of Foot were first raised. In over 320 years of service, the Regiment has gained 244 Battle Honours and 43 of its soldiers have received The Victoria Cross. It has been involved in many significant events in British military history continuing with soldiers on operations today.