The Kent County Show are delighted to announce that 2014 will see the return of a marching band. The Band of the Corps of the Royal Engineers will be playing in the main Astor Ring twice a day throughout the Show. It was in 1856 the Royal Engineers and the Sappers and Miners amalgamated, and became known as the Corps of Royal Engineers with its headquarters at Chatham.
This world renowned Military Band has attended some of the most important events in recent history and their colourful red ceremonial uniforms and precision marching and playing make for a spectacular display.
The full RE Symphony Orchestra began to emerge in 1880 and became so popular that in 1887, at Queen Victoria’s command they performed at Buckingham Palace for a State banquet on the occasion of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.
During the First World War in 1916 and 1917 the Band toured the forward areas in France and Belgium, giving some 175 concerts to the troops and travelling over 1800 miles. Following the cessation of hostilities, the Band made a further tour of the war areas.
In 1936 the Corps Band played at the funeral of King George V. The following year they played for the Coronation of King George VI in 1937 and his funeral in 1952.
The band was called on to play at the Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Over the years, The Royal Engineers Band has appeared at numerous state occasions, Royal Tournaments, Edinburgh Military Tattoos and national sporting events. It has also played for the opening of some of this country’s greatest engineering achievements; including The Channel Tunnel and the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge. The Corps Band remains today one of the premier bands in the Army. It continually achieves wide public recognition through its many broadcasts, recordings and concert performances.