Marine band replaced by ghetto blaster musicians in Afganist

Marine band replaced by CD on ghetto blaster as military musicians are sent to Afghanistan
by MATTHEW HICKLEY - More by this author »

Last updated at 22:08pm on 16th March 2008

The Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines are justifiably renowned as the finest military musicians in the world.

But at ceremonial occasions the men in white helmets are having to be replaced with CDs played on ghetto blasters – more victims of the crippling manpower shortages in the armed forces.

For the first time an entire band – one of the remaining five in the UK – has had to be broken up because too many musicians have been sent to Afghanistan as medics or stretcher bearers.
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