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The Royal Marines School of Music, located in Her Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth,

held two days of musical celebrations at the Guildhall. Picture: LA(Phot) Maxine Davies

  

The Royal Marines School of Music, located in Her Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth, has held 2 days of musical celebrations, marking the end of almost 3 years of training for 20 young musicians.

   

On Friday (3 Aug) the Royal Marines School raised the roof at the Guildhall, Portsmouth, performing a concert packed with music and entertainment to the delight of families, friends and the public. It was an unforgettable afternoon which came to an end with the world famous Ceremony of Beating Retreat, held in the Guildhall Square, and watched by an enthusiastic crowd of over 2500 people.

   

On Saturday (4 Aug) the School of Music held an Open Day exclusively for the families of Royal Marines trainees. It was a chance for everyone to see the School, to meet the staff and experience a Pass Out Parade presided over by the guest of honour, Vice Admiral Sir Charles Montgomery KBE ADC, Second Sea Lord.

   

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Grace, Principal Director of Music Royal Marines and Commandant Royal Marines School of Music said, ‘The Guildhall Concert and the Open Day have clearly demonstrated the rich versatility and professionalism of the trainees graduating this year. We’ve been delighted to see the support of families and friends and we look forward to seeing them all again at future Royal Marines Band Service concerts.’

   

Musicians and Buglers passing out of training will now move on to one of the 5 Royal Marines Bands based around the country.

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Taken on August 4, 2012