Cenotaph March Past 2020

A message from Paul Sargeant, RAFMuSA / RBL Representative…

For only the second time in the Association’s history we are planning to participate on Remembrance Sunday again this year, at the Cenotaph in London on November 8th.

In the current circumstances you may be wondering, like me, whether the Remembrance Sunday ceremony will take place at all. However the latest update I’ve received from The Royal British Legion is that we should still submit our application in the required time frame. I have been assured by the RBL that they will keep me informed on a regular basis as to any changes or cancellation plans.

If you would like to join our contingent, you can apply online using the application form. Alternatively you can download and print a paper application form, fill it in and send it by post (the address is on the form).

Please apply as soon as possible. I will keep everyone informed of any news I receive from The Royal British Legion

– Paul Sargeant.

Inaugural Concert featuring the Band of the RAF Regiment

UPDATE: Unfortunately this concert has had to be cancelled due to poor ticket sales. We are reviewing the possible reasons for this, but we hope this will lead to us being able to arrange another concert more successfully.

We are excited to announce that the RAF Music Services Association will be promoting its first ever concert on Saturday 2nd November 2019, Music in the Air, featuring

The Band of the RAF Regiment*

at the Salvation Army Hall, Boscombe in Bournemouth.

Come and hear an exciting and varied programme of music guaranteed to impress. The bands of the Royal Air Force are rightly regarded as being among the finest Military Bands in the UK, and they perform all over the UK and internationally – you will be guaranteed a memorable evening of music and entertainment.

For more information and to buy tickets, go here.

All proceeds from the concert will go to support the work of the RAF Music Services Association.

The Salvation Army Hall is at 76 Palmerston Road, Bournemouth, BH1 4HT. View on a map.

*The Band of the RAF Regiment plays by permission of the Air Force Board of the Defence Council.

RAF Germany 30th Anniversary Commemoration

A Memorial Service and commemoration was held at RAF Northolt on 11th February 2015, the 30th anniversary of the tragic road accident at Langenbruck, Germany, in which 19 Musicians from the Band of the Royal Air Force Germany, an RAF Policeman and their coach driver lost their lives. Here are some photos of the occasion

The Blue and the Gold Delayed

The winter edition of The Blue and the Gold would normally have been sent to you by now, but it’s going to be a little late this year because Norman Blow recently spent a month in India. We are now planning to print it on 31st January, and all being well it should be posted some time the following week. Norman tells me there are 36 pages including the covers, so it should be worth the wait.

In the longer term we are considering changing the publication dates from Summer and Winter to Spring and Autumn. This would have two advantages. If we send the Spring edition in March we could include the details and application form for the reunion, thus saving postage from not having to send them separately. Secondly the Autumn edition in September could include reports and photographs from the reunion while it’s still fresh in everyone’s mind. What do you think? Let us know using the comment form below.

Talking of the reunion, it’s now confirmed that it will be on the 7th July at Northolt, with dinner on Saturday 6th, probably at the Barn Hotel again. So put those dates in your diary, we’ll be sending out full details and an application form in a newsletter in a few weeks time.

A New Website is Born

The first item of news here has to be this website itself. This is a new site published by the Royal Air Force Music Services Association, and as I write there is still a lot work to do before it can be considered ready for public consumption. The Association has been in existence for some 25 years, its purpose being to provide a means for ex-Royal Air Force musicians (whether they were full time bandsmen or members of the many voluntary bands) to keep in touch with friends and colleagues from their service days, and with the contemporary RAF Bands and currently serving members of the Music Services. It’s now time to start taking advantage of the Internet to facilitate these objectives.

The site has two main aims:–

  • To make information about the Association available to anyone interested, including the Association’s purpose and its activities, and to help advertise the Association to anyone eligible to join.
  • To provide a source of information about the Association and its members which is private and available only to the active members, to help people make contact with old friends, for example.

I’m sure these aims will grow and evolve as the site develops, in ways which are impossible to predict. We hope it will become an ever more useful resource for the membership, and will serve to publicise the work of the Association to a wider public.

Before we get there, though, there is much work to be done…!