Royal Marines band tours Helmand

#1
Ministry of Defence said:
A team of musicians from the Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth are in Afghanistan, where they have been touring the British area of operations and entertaining the troops of 3 Commando Brigade.

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#2
'During its month-long tour of Afghanistan......' How strange. Just enough time to earn the players of the Love Trumpet and the Blue Veined Piccolo a nice new shiney medal. Or am I being cynical?

(added for fairness and compassion: They could of course been there as Medics and Stretcher bearers)
 

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#4
Good Grief! I remember this from 4-monthers in Ulster, and the abuse that the Band got on our return was amazing. It's done purely and simply to ensure that Bandsmen can parade with bling. In NI they gave a couple of concerts in old folks' homes, orphanages, and other escape-proof places, built a couple of dry stone blast walls (purely for the photo opps) and generally ate all the pies.

I see that in Afghanistan they aren't even leaving the wire - fair enough, I suppose, as they'd be a positive liability.

People want to find ways the MOD wastes money? This would be A-No1 Top of the Heap for me. Disgraceful.
 
#6
"Sorry Smudge, your R&R has been put back a week."

"But I've made plans!"

"Sorry buddy, no room on the flight out."

"Why the **** not?!?!?"

"I'm not sure, something was said about fat cnuts, and flutes....made no sense to me."
 
#8
So much bitterness...

You all wish you could play instruments don't you? Or you came home one nigh tto the find the love of your life being made airtight by the good fellows from Kneller Hall.
 

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#9
So much bitterness...

You all wish you could play instruments don't you? Or you came home one nigh tto the find the love of your life being made airtight by the good fellows from Kneller Hall.
I do remember, with great amusement, the fate of a Bandsman who was in just that err, position, when the Inf Corporal came home unexpectedly mid-Tour for some reason (Escorting a prisoner I think). The Bandsman was unable to play anything ever again, and Cpl P J got 1 years' loss of promotion, as the CO looked askance at pad's wives being shagged while their hubby was on Ops.
 
#10
I do remember, with great amusement, the fate of a Bandsman who was in just that err, position, when the Inf Corporal came home unexpectedly mid-Tour for some reason (Escorting a prisoner I think). The Bandsman was unable to play anything ever again, and Cpl P J got 1 years' loss of promotion, as the CO looked askance at pad's wives being shagged while their hubby was on Ops.
This wasn't in Canterbury was it by any chance? If so, what a legend! I can 'see' him now (the Corporal, later a Sergeant) but for the life of me, I can't remember his name - it'll come! The mists are clearing..... first name Pat. Got it: second name J******s.
 
#11
I always thought RM bandies were good value. They always worked hard in their driver/stretcher dude role and then were happy enough to knock around and bang out some gigs

Not sure of manning on current ops, but take away the bandies and no doubt more warry types from other fighty units would get jiffed I/C shoite jobs

And in terms of PR they are at it all the time.

Marching off Lypschwitz drill square to the band hammering life on the ocean wave may have coloured my opinion a bit.

get over yourselves
 
#13
I always thought RM bandies were good value. They always worked hard in their driver/stretcher dude role and then were happy enough to knock around and bang out some gigs

Not sure of manning on current ops, but take away the bandies and no doubt more warry types from other fighty units would get jiffed I/C shoite jobs

And in terms of PR they are at it all the time.

Marching off Lypschwitz drill square to the band hammering life on the ocean wave may have coloured my opinion a bit.

get over yourselves
That'd be fine....if they were being IC shite jobs for a whole tour. They're there for a month - just enough time to nip to the American PX, and then return to the UK. The most they might be doing is covering a few gaps during R&R, but even then I doubt it.
 
#14
They were in Sydney when I was fighting for my country on Long Look.

They are a good band.

Mind you, this sounds like a medal hunt.

Surely the Booties would rather a CSE night's entertainment with Joe Pasquale, Showaddywaddy, and a troupe of fat arsed minger dancers?
 
#15
I have to say that many of you are being very cynical without knowing any of the facts! The band that were visiting to perform to the troops out in theatre did not stay in area long enough to qualify for the medal so that one can be put to bed straight away! Also many of those performing went out with the Royal Marines previous tour on Herrick 11 as part of the CLR for the whole tour as CLP Drivers and Vehicle commanders. On this current operation, Herrick 14 the Band from CTCRM are out there for the whole tour working on and around Bastion. How do i know this to be fact? Because I have a partner who went on the alleged medal hunt!
 
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#16
This lot were on the Boardwalk a couple of weeks ago, not the best or most exciting place to be at any time, even with all its amenities. Not even a Cinema, so they were welcome. Decent group doing their bit on a small stage, and well appreciated by the looks of things. Female vocalist, not a half bad guitarist and it must have been the Band mentioned as the guy announced the band as HM Royal Marines. Cheered us up anyway.
 
#17
Just a thought, but the Navy only has a couple of full-time bands. Pretty much every time the Booties go overseas they will go out on a visit. The Army has about 30 bands how many of them come out to visit during an Army Bdes tour? One?

I can hear the sound of the axes being sharpened in Army RP from here....
 
#18
I think you will find that the Bandsmen are still qualified as stretcher bearers! They have moved on to driving Ambulances and Mastif's and working in the the hospitals!
 
#19
Anyone felt the love of the tali-band, rock out with your glock out?
 
#20
I think you will find that the Bandsmen are still qualified as stretcher bearers! They have moved on to driving Ambulances and Mastif's and working in the the hospitals!
My grand dad was a RM (not a very good one). He played the cornet in the Band and served on HMS Orion).

Having been lucky enough to spend a bit of time with 42 in Helmand (not with instruments), I can safely say that the Booties are the finest soldiers in the world and they can crack out a good tune into the bargain.

Royal Marines: The Thinking Man's Para.
 

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