YJA Meets The Grenadier Guards
The Grenadier Guards have been around over 300 years and their very distinctive smart red uniforms are known the world over. No tourist to London wants to miss out on seeing them on guard duty or hearing their band.
Today, the famous band is filled with 45 fine musicians, a director of music, Major K Davies, bandmaster, Troy Taylor-Smith and band sergeant major, Andrew Wood. The Guards are one of the premier bands of the British Army.
The history of the Grenadier guards…
King Charles ll brought back the Grenadier Guards in 1685 and the band uplifted spirits throughout the darkest moments of wartime and, of course, happier times such as the coronation of our present queen!
The music the Guards play is amongst the most recognisable in the world; the band has seen all London’s key events, both solemn and celebratory.
During their long past, the Grenadiers have travelled abroad regularly, the first written visit was in 1701 when William lll took three of the members from the regiment with him to the Netherlands. So as you can see the Grenadier Guards have a lot of history!
YJA had the good fortune to receive press passes for their recent performance at Lincoln Cathedral.
In their splendid uniforms and wearing their bearskins, the guards filed into the medieval cathedral to rapturous applause.
The 1000-strong audience were enthralled by the music, ranging from the traditional such as the spellbinding Sonatina to tunes from the Hollywood blockbuster Angels and Demons and, of course, traditional foot tapping marches.
Certainly, few of those present will ever forget the beautiful sound from the two first half solos, played on the euphonium and saxophone.
During the interval, YJA’s Amelia interviewed bandmaster Troy Taylor-Smith, to find out a little more about the band and his work:
Amelia, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy