RAFBF Pipes and Drums – Brize Fest RAF100

2018 is the year for a couple of big anniversaries with the end of WW1 being marked in November. But before then there is the celebration of 100 years of the RAF. As part of a series of events being organised this year marking RAF100, our guys travelled to RAF Brize Norton to take part in a massed band event, under the banner of RAFBF Pipes and Drums, for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

A 6 am start saw the lads travelling down the M1 from Leeds to RAF Brize Norton. On arrival, they met Pipe Major Mark Bissett and the rest of the team. 

They joined around 40 other pipers & drummers from across the UK and as far away as Hong Kong. With so many pipers it was necessary to split into smaller groups to allow the Pipe Majors present to divide and conquer the tuning.

The main event was a parade of the massed band through the event site playing Scotland the Brave, Roan Tree, Lochanside and Wings. We made our way to the arena to play Cock O’ the North and Farewell to the Creeks as a circle formed. A brilliant rendition of Highland Cathedral was then played whilst a fly-by took place. We left the field playing the great tunes Green Hills of Tyrol and Battles Over.

RAFBF Pipes and Drums display
RAFBF Pipes and Drums on display at BrizeFest

The band then moved over to the static display for us to capture some pictures before assembling in the belly of a C-17 Globemaster.  From there we marched out playing a last set of Scotland the Brave and Roan Tree. Check out the video below – you can see our guys at the front left!

RAFBF Pipes and Drums, RAF100 Brize Fest 2018, A big thank you to everyone. Raised so far as follows: RAFBF Total £13890 SSAFA Total £1733 Combat Stress Total £79781 GRAND TOTAL £95404 what will the total be by the the next Brize Fest 31st August 2019?

Geplaatst door Mark Bisset op Zondag 2 september 2018

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