The history of the Corps of Royal Marines goes back to 1664 when King Charles II sanctioned the formation of the Duke of York and Albany's Maritime Regiment of Foot. Drummers were on the original strength of this regiment, making the Buglers' Branch, the 'Corps of Drums', one of the oldest in the Royal Marines.
The origins of Royal Marines Bands in the Portsmouth area can be traced back to the mid 18th Century. The present Band is a direct descendant of the Band of the Royal Marines Artillery formed in 1861.
In addition to their musical and ceremonial duties, Royal Marines musicians and buglers carry out their secondary roles on operations around the world. Including: Gulf Wars, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
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