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The Green Howards Regimental Band

The first reference to any regimental musical instruments is in an inspection report of 1758, which refers to ‘Drums and Fifes’.  By 1775 the number of musicians had increased to a ‘good band of 11′.

In 1742 the Colonel of the Regiment, Sir Charles Howard, had been sent to Vienna on a diplomatic mission to Maria Theresa, whose succession to the Hapsburg lands had provoked the War of the Austrian Succession. In recognition of his service, it is said, she presented him with three marches, which were subsequently adopted by the Regiment.

Two of them, ‘The Green Howards Funeral March’ and the slow march, ‘Maria Theresa’ have survived, and are part of the repertoire of The Band of the Yorkshire Regiment, alongside Bonnie English Rose, which became the official quick march in 1881. 

If you visit Richmond, why not walk the Drummer Boy route?  The trail follows the supposed route of a young drummer boy who was lowered down into a tunnel beneath the castle and told to walk beating his drum, so that the soldiers above could follow.  In the woods by the banks of the Swale the drumming stopped, and the boy was never seen again. 

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