The Band of the Royal Logistic Corps and Corps of Drums were honoured to open proceedings at this year’s FA Cup Final football match at Wembley.
This year, the final was played between Arsenal and the newly crowned English champions, Chelsea. It was the band’s job to provide musical support to a full 90,000 strong crowd at the stadium.
Before the troops could put their feet on the ‘Holy Turf’ of Wembley, the band made its way to the Sir Bobby Moore statue at the front of the stadium, to entertain the thousands of fans making their way into the ground.
Not only did the Band and Corps of Drums provide entertainment before the game, both outside and on the pitch itself, it had the honour of playing the National Anthem as both teams were lined up before kick-off, in front of HRH The Duke of Cambridge.
For many of the Band and Corps of Drums, this was the first opportunity to play and showcase their talent and ability in front of millions watching worldwide.
It was a day that no one in the Band and Corps of Drums will ever forget. They hope to be able to repeat the experience in the future, a chance many of those on parade said they would relish.