On Wednesday Major Michael Smith from the Guards Band led a combined ensemble of around 100 musicians, including students from the island's secondary schools, through a rehearsal and a concert which featured the pieces ‘Marching Marines’, ‘Ellan Vannin Suite’ and ‘Soul Bossa Nova’.

The Grenadier Guards Band, who were on the Island to participate in today’s Tynwald Day Ceremony, then treated the assembled audience of various dignitaries (including His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor) to a fabulous display of professional musicianship, performing music made famous by Abba and Queen amongst others.

Many thanks to Mr Kinley from QEII and Mr Wright from the Music Service for organising such an experience for the students. Thanks also to QEII High School for hosting this event and to the Isle of Man Arts Council who provided funding to enable the Band to come to the Island for an extra day to lead this inspiring workshop for the Isle of Man’s young wind, brass and percussion players.