The Band of the King’s Division
Director of Music: Major Stewart Halliday MA LRSM ALCM
Bandmaster: WO2 Peter Brydon BMus (Hons) BA (Hons)
The Band of the King’s Division, formed on 12th May 2006, is an amalgamation of the former King’s Division Bands (Normandy and Waterloo) and is based at Weeton Barracks, Preston. It is one of 22 regular Army Bands within the Corps of Army Music whose primary role is to provide musical support to the Army’s formations both in peace and operations. The band also directly supports 42 (North West) Brigade with their HQ in Preston.
The King’s Division comprises two regiments, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (King’s, Lancashire and Border), and The Yorkshire Regiment. The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment has two Regular and one TA Battalion, and was created from the merger of The King’s Own Royal Border Regiment, The King’s Regiment and The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment. The Yorkshire Regiment, comprising three Regular and one TA Battalion, was created from the merger of The Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire, The Green Howards and The Duke of Wellingtons Regiment. Headquartered in Preston and York respectively, these two larger multi Battalion Regiments really reflect the regions from which they were raised, west and east of the Pennines.
The Regular Army’s first professional Brass Band
In April 2014 the band changed its role to become the Army’s first professional brass band. This resulted from a review of Army Music to provide the nation and the Army with more music, which is more relevant, to more people, more often, both home and abroad. This re-role coincides with the formation of a string orchestra and three contemporary pop bands in addition to the traditional Military wind bands across the Corps of Army Music.
The Band of the King’s Division appears by permission of
Brigadier A Jackson, Colonel Commandant, The King’s Division
Dates for your diary
Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th and Monday 17th August 2020