Central Band of the Royal Air Force

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Crest of the Central Band of the RAF

The Central Band of the Royal Air Force is a military band, and the RAF's main band. It has brass, percussion and woodwind instruments. Like the RAF's two other bands, the Central Band is part of the Royal Air Force Music Services. The band was formed in 1920.


The Band (also known as the RAF Central Band) was formed in 1920, shortly after the RAF had been formed in 1918. The RAF College Band was formed at the same time. On 22 April 1922, it became the first military band to broadcast on BBC Radio in London. It was the first military band to release an LP. Their version of the Theme from the Dam Busters reached No. 18 in October 1955, spending one week in the UK Top 20.


All band members are fully trained military personnel. The current band master is Warrant Officer Terry Gardner. The Current Director of Music is Flight Lieutenant Richard Murray

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