“Bugle Call” For New Regiment Bandsmen

December 20, 2014

Island musicians have a chance to sign up with the Bermuda Regiment Band and Corps of Drums as the Regiment is looking to recruit bandsmen on a special limited engagement – which will give them the chance to perform at major events at the country’s armed service celebrates its 50th anniversary next year.

Regiment Director of Music Major Dwight Robinson said, “We want to increase the size of the band for the series of events next year.”

Maj. Robinson added volunteers – who will not be required to undergo infantry training – will get the opportunity to perform alongside some of the best musicians on the Island and from overseas at large-scale events like next year’s Bermuda Tattoo.

And he added that young musicians and ex-serving members of the band were particularly welcome to apply.

Maj. Robinson added, “The 50th anniversary is a historic event – it gives the performers bragging rights to say they were part of this. You can only celebrate 50 years once.”

A special information session will be held at Warwick Camp on Wednesday, January 7 for interested musicians and auditions will be held at Warwick Camp on Saturday, January 10, which will include a test of musical ability, a march and play exercise and a minimal medical and basic fitness test geared towards band duty.

The engagement period will run between February 1 and December 15 next year with no requirement to complete the 2015 Recruit Camp.

But Maj. Robinson said transfer to regular service would be available, with musicians who volunteer going through Recruit Camp in 2016.

The limited engagement musicians – who will be engaged as private soldiers – will be paid normal Regiment rates of around $143 a day, with drills paid at $35.74.

The commitment will include band practice, held at Warwick Camp most Monday evenings and a residential camp for bandsmen and drummers, to be held between October 12-25 next year.

Musicians aged between 16-65 are eligible to apply, but special consideration will be given to ex-service personnel or other musicians of proven ability.

For more information, contact the band office on 238-2470 or 705 8205 or email bermudaregimentband@gov.bm

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