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Regimental Bands

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many regimental bands there are in the Army; where they are located; and what the strength is of each regiment which has retained a regimental band. (70340)

As at 1 May there were 29 bands in the Regular Army and 14 in the Territorial Army (TA). Under the Future Army Structure (FAS), the number of Regular Army bands will reduce to 23 and the TA bands will increase to 19.

It has only been possible to show a breakdown of strengths by regiment for regular infantry units. All other figures are for the appropriate arm/service. Details are shown in the following tables for Regular and Territorial Army units respectively.

Regular Army

Arm/service—strength

Location

Current band

Representing

Regimental/corps strength

Household Cavalry/RAC:

5,530

Bovington

Hussars and Light Dragoon Band

Kings Royal Hussars Queens Royal Hussars

n/a

Munster, Germany

Royal Lancers Band

9/12 L Queens Royal Lancers

n/a

Falingbostel, Germany

Dragoon Guards Band

1st Queens Dragoon Guards Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

n/a

Falingbostel, Germany

Royal Tank Regiment Band

Royal Tank Regiment

n/a

Windsor

Life Guards Band

Life Guards

n/a

Knightsbridge

Royal Horse Guards Dragoon Band

Royal Horse Guards

n/a

Infantry:

24,080

Edinburgh

Lowland Band

Royal Regt of Scotland

3,440

Edinburgh

Highlanders Band

Catterick

Queens Lancashire Regt Normandy Band

Queens Lancashire Regiment

670

London

Scots Guards Band

Scots Guards

680

London

Irish Guards Band

Irish Guards

600

London

Welsh Guards Band

Welsh Guards

580

London

Grenadier Guards Band

Grenadier Guards

730

London

Coldstream Guards Band

Coldstream Guards

780

Bassingbourn

Queens Minden Band

Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

1,290

Royal Regiment of Fusilliers

1,240

Royal Anglian Regiment

1,320

Weeton

Kings Normandy Band

Kings Own Royal Border Regiment

590

Catterick

Kings Waterloo Band

KINGS

580

Prince of Wales Own Regiment of Yorkshire

620

Queens Lancashire Regiment

670

Duke of Wellington's Regiment

630

Green Howards

580

Prince of Wales Clive Band

Devon and Dorset Light Infantry

590

Prince of Wales Lucknow Band

Royal Welsh Regt

1,200

Cheshire Regt

540

Royal Gloucester Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment

610

Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment

600

Staffordshire Regiment

580

Colchester

Parachute Regiment Band

Parachute Regiment

1,980

Winchester

Light Division Band

Light Infantry

1,290

Royal Green Jackets

1,230

Ballymena

Royal Irish Band

Royal Irish

630

Royal Artillery:

7,350

Woolwich

Royal Artillery Band

Royal Artillery

7,350

Corps of Army Music:

9301

Chatham

Royal Engineers

Royal Engineers

8,820

Blandford

Royal Signals

Royal Signals

8,560

Arborfield

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

9,770

Middle Wallop

Army Air Corps

Army Air Corps

1,990

Deepcut

Royal Logistics Corps

Royal Logistics Corps

15,650

Worthy Down

Adjutant General's Corps

Adjutant General's Corps

6,800

1 The personnel of the regimental bands are included in the Corps of Army Music strengths.

Territorial Army

Arm/service—strength

Location

Current band

Regimental/corps strength

Household Cavalry/Royal Armoured Corps:

1,240

London

Inns of Court and City Yeomanry Band Royal Yeomanry

n/a

Royal Regiment of Artillery:

2,240

Bolton

Lancashire Artillery Band

n/a

Honourable Artillery Company

n/a

The Infantry:

7,480

Edinburgh

52 Lowland Band

n/a

Perth

Highland Band

n/a

Canterbury

Kohima Band of the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

n/a

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Northumbria Band

n/a

Peterborough

Royal Anglian Band

n/a

Liverpool

North West Infantry Band

n/a

Exeter

Devonshire and Dorset Band

n/a

Newport

Royal Welsh Regiment (V) Band

n/a

Wolverhampton

West Midlands Regiment Volunteer Band

n/a

Headington

The Waterloo Band Royal Green Jackets Volunteers

n/a

Kinnegar

North Irish TA Band

n/a

The Royal Logistics Corps:

5,920

Hull

150 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps Band

n/a

As explained in the written statement made to the House on 9 March 2006, Official Report, columns 69-70WS the North Irish band will be re-titled The Royal Irish Regiment Band (TA) and its performance capacity will be enhanced to ensure continued provision of military music in Northern Ireland, in combination with programmed visits by Regular Army bands based in Great Britain.