I've always admired Queen Elizabeth for her love and support for British military bands and classical music organizations. I'm so glad some of these famous units will play an important role in
her funeral services this coming Monday. Special night rehearsals of military bands, drums, and pipes have been taking place in London the last couple of nights to prepare for final processions.
Here are some links to learn more about the military band and special music scheduled to be played on Monday. Do share with your students who might be interested, too.
1. State Funeral Early Morning Rehearsal - The Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood
00:00 Voice of the Guns (great old march)!
01:29 Drum Solo - Illawalla
02:52 Army and Marine
2. HM Royal Marine Drum & Bugle Corps
(includes printed music to drum solo "Illawalla" heard in #1)
3. Leading British orchestras and choirs pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II through music - including a video of The London Symphony Orchestra
4. The Queen’s funeral: how music will play a role at the Westminster Abbey service