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Military Band Play At The Coronation Of King Charles III

Published by The Duke of York's Royal Military School on Friday 5th of May 2023

Thirty-five members of the CCF of The Duke of York’s Royal Military School were given the honour of playing at the Coronation of King Charles III.
Dukies from the school Military Marching Band, including Drum Major Kieran Nasau, Band JUO Ben Thorne and Band WO Charlotte Trimby, performed throughout the Coronation from Parliament Square to entertain the crowds.


It was of great honour and privilege to be asked to perform at such a prestigious event. Pupils from the school attended the past coronation of the late Queen Elizabeth II on 2nd June 1953, so a very special time for the school in being asked to attend in a ceremonial capacity and escort the Royal British Legion and the banners of all 6 cadet forces across Westminster bridge.


As one of the largest Combined Cadet Force contingents, The Duke of York’s Royal Military School is also the only state full-boarding school in the country. Members of its military band are from years 9-13 and selected for their musical talent and enthusiasm. They have rehearsals 3 times a week regularly, stepping this up in preparation for their part within the coronation of King Charles III. They have had some amazing opportunities to play such as at Twickenham Stadium for the England/Argentina game and the police passing out Parade in Hendon. However, the coronation of King Charles is definitely one for the school’s history books.

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