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The Combined Bands of the Royal Engineers
 
The Corps of Royal Engineers was formed in 1856, when two organisations were brought together: the Royal Engineers, comprising entirely of officers, and the Royal Sappers and Miners, being the other ranks.


From 1880 a full RE Symphony Orchestra began to emerge. It became so popular that in 1887, at Queen Victoria's command they performed at Buckingham Palace for a State banquet on the occasion of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee.

During the First World War in 1916 and 1917 the Band toured the forward areas in France and Belgium, giving some 175 concerts to the troops and travelling over 1800 miles. Following the cessation of hostilities, the Band made a further tour of the war areas.

In 1936 the Corps Band played at the funeral of King George V. With their scarlet tunics and bearskins, they were unfortunately mistaken for a Guards Band, and to avoid such confusion in the future it was decreed that busbies would be substituted for the bearskins, in time for the Coronation of King George VI in 1937.

During the war years the Band toured continually playing to the British and allied troops in the United Kingdom. Following the cessation of hostilities in 1945, the band returned to its home in Chatham.

In 1952 the Band played at the funeral of King George VI, also the Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
The Royal Engineers Band has appeared at numerous state occasions, Royal Tournaments, Edinburgh Military Tattoos and national sporting events. It has also played for the opening of some of this country's greatest engineering achievements; including The Channel Tunnel and the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge. It continually achieves wide public recognition through its many broadcasts, recordings and concert performances.

In recent years the Band has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Australia, The Falkland Islands, Hong Kong, The Middle East, Uzbekistan, South Korea, Canada and Dominican Republic.