BRNC Big Band
Playing music is a wonderful experience and playing with experienced musicians, some of whom have performed with leading bands in the Armed Forces is even better. The “Britannia Royal Naval College Volunteer Band” is one of the premier bands of its type and is open to serving and ex-service musicians as well as civilians. Based at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon, it upholds the traditions of high quality music making with a fun atmosphere, all encompassed within the discipline of the United Kingdom’s leading service, The Royal Navy. The band was formed in 2009 when the Royal Navy was forced to make budget savings. This resulted in a reorganisation of the Royal Marines Band Service including the transfer of the BRNC RM band to a new base. So Major Phil Watson, an ex-Director of Music Royal Marines, was asked to form a Volunteer Band which allowed those former musicians at BRNC to continue to enjoy their music making.
Following the traditions of other Vol. Bands all musicians of the armed forces, plus civilian musicians, were encouraged to participate and it grew both in numbers and in stature to be voted “Best Overall Band” two years running at the RNVB festival in Portsmouth.
There are four ensembles at BRNC, The Concert Band, Parade Band, Corps of Drums and Big Band, and it’s the Big Band who are pleased to be attending this year’s Festival.