On August 14th the band departed on its first overseas tour to Beziers in the South of France to take part in their annual five day Festival.

It was an early start ( 0300hrs ) when we finally arrived in the town of Narbonne early in the afternoon where we were to be accommodated the band were told that we had 45mins to unpack and get dressed ready to set off to the location of our first performance. We did four performances that evening and considering the lack of sleep and tempretures of 34 degrees the band did exceptionally well.

For the next four days the routine was much the same and there was two special performances during the week the first being the street parade and secondly the band played for the Mayor and his guests at a private function.

At the end of each day there was time to enjoy the atmosphere of the festival with a few refreshments. The band also had some well deserved time off during the day to relax and explore the town of Narbonne.

See some of our photos of the tour in our gallery page.

This weekend the band took part in two Carnivals. On the 25th Oct it was the Salisbury Carnival which went great ( didnt get too wet ) and at the end we played Highland Cathedral for the Mayor of Salisbury as it was her favourite tune. Then on the 26th we played in the Warminster Carnival for the first time. This went really well and the rain kept off until the end and afterwards we played in the Farmers Hotel. For both events we had a great reception from the crowds and we look forward to doing them again next year.

On the 15th June the band took part in this event with 19 Regiment RA Pipes and Drums. The audience was sparse due to bad weather earlier in the day but those who stayed to watch our performance seemed to really enjoy it. We had great feedback too from the organisers and we look forward to doing it all over again next year. Photos to be posted in our gallery soon.

On fathers day the band turned out to play at Salisbury races. The day started with us playing at the entrance as the punters arrived (did they lose or win ?). We then played at the winning post after every other race which was appreciated by the crowds. During performances members of the band mingled and had a bet themselves but no idea who won. After the last race we performed again as the crowds left and had lots of fantastic comments from them. The hospitality from the manager Jeremy Martin was excellent.

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