YOUNG musicians from across the West Midlands attended an open day hosted by the Band of the Royal Corps of Signals at RAF Cosford near Wolverhampton.

Sixteen youngsters aged between 14 and 19 took part in masterclasses, workshops and band rehearsals led by famous faces from the brass band community.

Major Stewart Halliday, Army regional director of music and director of music of the Band of The King’s Division, said: “This has been a superb opportunity for civilian brass musicians to go behind the scenes of Army brass banding. Young musicians have been able to find out how they can get paid to play to thousands of people around the world.”

The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals is one of three brass bands within the Corps of Army Music. It was joined at the open day by the other two bands, the Band of The Prince of Wales’s Division and the Band of the King’s Division.

Two members of the world-famous Black Dyke Band and the musical director from Tredegar Town Band ran masterclasses and full band rehearsals.

Major Halliday added: “Through music, Army bands play a big part in sustaining and boosting the morale of our troops as well as supporting State ceremonies in the UK and across the globe.”

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