The Band of the Welsh Guards was formed in the same year as the Regiment 1915, and consisted of forty four musicians and a Warrant Officer. Their first set of instruments were presented by the City of Cardiff, which enabled the Band to carry out the first Kings Guard Mounting on St. David’s Day 1916.
On the same day it gave its first concert on the stage of the London Opera House and the evening was such a success that the Band’s reputation for its high standard was immediately established. Since its early beginnings, the Band has toured extensively and brought the pomp and pageantry of British life to many far flung corners of the world. In recent years it has visited Belgium, Egypt, Spain the USA and Canada.
Within its ranks the musicians come from a variety of backgrounds such as colleges, academies, other military bands and orchestras. Permanently based in London, its members enjoy a varied and challenging musical career. They can regularly be seen at the ceremony of Changing The Guard at Buckingham Palace and many other State and ceremonial occasions. The Band also performs frequently with many of the world’s finest orchestras in some of the most spectacular extravaganzas staged in Great Britain.