Military Band

Who’s playing at Aldeburgh Carnival this year?

Which military band do we have for you in 2016?

We welcome:

The Band of the Royal Armoured Corps

The Band of the Royal Armoured Corps formed on the 1st of April 2014.  It is the newest of the 22 Regular Army Bands of the Corps of Army Music and succeeds the bands of the Heavy and Light Cavalry.

Based in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, The band consists of 35 full-time, professional musicians who can perform as a Marching Band, a Stage Band, a Big Band, Fanfare Teams (playing either Cavalry or Infantry fanfare trumpets), a Pop Group, and various other small ensembles such as jazz trios and brass or reed quintets.

In the band’s inaugural year, they have already been tasked to perform extensively throughout the world at all types of Military, Ceremonial and public events.  From international tattoos in France and Holland, to assisting with defence diplomacy in Austria, as well as providing musical support to our forces deployed in Afghanistan over the Remembrance and Christmas periods.

The Royal Armoured Corps was created on the 4th of April 1939, just before the outbreak of World War II, by combining regiments from the cavalry of the line which had by then been mechanised from horseback with the Royal Tank Corps (renamed Royal Tank Regiment).  The Band represents the ten current regiments of The Royal Armoured Corps which include the Hussar, Dragoon, Lancer and Tank Regiments of the British Army. Individually though, the antecedent bands of these regiments have an unprecedented history that can be traced back to the 17th century.

The Band of the Royal Armoured Corps appears by kind permission of Colonel S H Cowen, Colonel Household Cavalry and Royal Armoured Corps.

See the band in action, only on Carnival Monday!

The Director of Music



Major Ian Johnson was born 1968 and educated at St. Peters Collegiate School in Wolverhampton. He enlisted in 1985 as a Bandsman into the Royal Hampshire Regiment initially serving in Tidworth and Northern Ireland. Whilst with the battalion he undertook a number of tours and exercises in Kenya and Denmark. He represented the battalion at cricket and football and whilst in Northern Ireland served as a Team Medic delivering medical survival techniques to the battalions Close Observation Platoon.

In 1990, seeking further musical challenges, he transferred to the Band of The Royal Army Ordnance Corps, moved to Deepcut and re-traded from Euphonium to Bassoon. Throughout his 8yrs in Surrey he led the Woodwind Quintet and was the lead vocalist with the contemporary ensemble. He also served as a medic with 32 Gurkha Ambulance Group on OP GRANBY. Options for change saw the RAOC and Royal Corps of Transport bands amalgamate to form the Royal Logistic Corps Band. Throughout this period he toured extensively including Germany, Belgium, Gibraltar, Perth Australia, Hong Kong and Cyprus.

In 1998 he was selected to attend the Student Bandmaster Course at The Royal Military School of Music. He graduated winning the Loder Prize for concert presentation. Two tours as Bandmaster (BM) followed, Catterick (2001) as BM to The Kings Division (Waterloo) Band and Tern Hill in Shropshire (2005) with The Band of The Prince of Wales’s Division (Clive). Tours of Canada and Las Vegas were among the highlights of this period. Whilst serving as Acting Director of Music to the Clive band, he was responsible for the drawdown of the Clive Band and the subsequent merger with the Lucknow Band. It was during this period (2006) that WO1 Johnson was commissioned to Captain and appointed Director of Music. Service with The PofW Band drew tours of Dubai and Canada and was followed with an assignment to The Adjutant General’s Corps Band (2009).

In 2011 he was posted to Bovington to The Light Cavalry Band. It was here that he started the Bovington Military Wives Choirs (MWC) subsequently becoming a Trustee for the charity. In 2013 he was posted to CAMUS HQ and appointed SO2 G1, Manning and Recruiting and assumed the role of the CAMUS E1 Manning Brick to Director of Manning (Army) (DM(A)). This role involved the writing of CAMUS personnel policy and working closely with staff at Army HQ in Andover. Following his extended tour, Maj Johnson was subsequently assigned once again to Catterick as Director of Music to the Band of The Royal Armoured Corps in 2016, where he currently serves.

Major Johnson is married to Tracey and between them they have three children; Ashleigh (18), Louis (18) and Jack (16). A keen cricketer, he enjoys cooking, current affairs, jazz, socializing and following the exploits Wolverhampton Wanderers. He has also recently become heavily engrossed in teaching himself the Bass Guitar.

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