Strathallan welcomes Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Band for musical workshop
30th September 2016

Strathallan, one of Scotland’s leading independent schools, welcomed The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Band Scotland yesterday for a special musical performance and workshop with pupils.

The world-famous military band was specially invited by the prestigious Perthshire school’s oboe instructor and former member of the band, Colin Friend, to share their experiences, tutor and inspire the school’s musical pupils.

During their visit, the 45 band members, led by RM Band Scotland Director of Music, Captain Matt Weites, presented to the pupils about the various genres of music played by the band, from traditional marches to more modern rock pieces. The band have also been working on the theme tune from the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, one that proved popular with pupils. They also spoke about their role, both as military musicians, but also as Royal Marines in the field.

This was followed by a special performance of a medley of tunes, offering pupils and staff a taster of the type of music the band play to audiences around the world.

The RM Band then ran a workshop where pupils were split into groups for sectional rehearsals where they were tutored by the various professional players. Then, they all came together to perform as one large group.

Colin left RM Band Scotland, based at Rosyth, after 28 years performing all over the world and has been teaching at Strathallan for four years. Having visited 42 separate countries during his time in the Royal Marines, Colin has many fascinating stories of his adventures and experiences to share with his pupils.

The music instructor was delighted to be able to bring his former colleagues to the school to inspire the next generation. Colin said:

“The pupils here at Strathallan have been really excited about this visit from The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Band Scotland and it was wonderful to see them experience the incredible sound that the band make. The sound certainly makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck! It was also a great opportunity for pupils to spend time with a group of professional musicians working in the military and hear about the many experiences they have had as a musician.

“The kids asked lots of questions and had a brilliant time playing with the band and receiving advice and tips from the musicians. We always make sure pupils have fun with music and the visit proved to be lots of fun and a great experience for the pupils, first and foremost.”

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