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I was in The Mall in London the other day and this RAF, Military Band was playing behind some of their guys.

A military band originally was a group of personnel that performs musical duties for military functions, usually for the armed forces. A typical military band consists mostly of wind and percussion instruments. The conductor of a band commonly bears the title of Bandmaster or Director of Music. Ottoman military bands are thought to be the oldest variety of military marching band in the world, dating from the 13th century.
The military band should be capable of playing ceremonial and marching music, including the national anthems and patriotic songs of not only their own nation but others as well, both while stationary and as a marching band. Military bands also play a part in military funeral ceremonies.
There are two types of historical traditions in military bands. The first is military field music. This type of music includes bugles (or other natural instruments such as natural trumpets or natural horns), bagpipes, or fifes and almost always drums (see military drums). This type of music was used to control troops on the battlefield as well as for entertainment. Following the development of instruments such as the keyed trumpet or the saxhorn family of brass instruments, a second tradition of the brass and woodwind military band was formed.
Currently, the largest military band in the world is the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band of Texas A&M University in the United States, with 423 members, including three drum majors, as of 2013. Info Wiki

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  • Copyright: Iain Richardson (RhodieIke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 819 W: 1 N: 2616] (11512)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-04-10
  • Categories: Ceremony
  • Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2014-04-15 4:55
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