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RAF Halton, Royal Air Force Pipe Band Champions

Voluntary Bands have a firm tradition in the RAF going back virtually to the formation of the Service and provided the basis upon which such prestigious bands as the RAF Central Band were formed. RAF music, now internationally famous, developed from a wide range of semi-official corps of drums, brass bands, military bands and pipe bands. Photographs of pipers from as early as 1922 can be seen in the book ‘Customs and Traditions of the Royal Air Force’ by Squadron Leader P G Herring. Today’s RAF Pipe Bands are formed on a geographical basis from Service and civilian volunteers at clutches of Stations throughout the United Kingdom. Their aim is to foster a practical interest in piping & highland drumming within the RAF and the local community, whilst providing a cultural and recreational activity. The RAF Pipe Band Association is the central body that co-ordinates RAF Pipe Band policy and activities and represents its members on those occasions when they are called upon to participate in major public events. Exposure of RAF Piping & Drumming in providing musical support for RAF ceremonial, social and charitable events at home and abroad continues to gain an increasingly high profile. Such exposure is commensurate with the inclusion of RAF Pipe Bands as a major RAF Corporate Communications Assets to promote RAF ethos and public image. The Association currently comprises of bands and members from the following Stations: -

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