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The Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Concert Band

The 1st officially recognised R.A.F.A.  CONCERT BAND was formed in 1998 as a unique partnership with the RAFA, who are the bands sponsors, to help raise funds for Royal Air Forces Association Charities.

The Band quickly established itself as a fine Concert Band, which is much in demand. All the musicians are volunteers, some have served in the Forces; some are ex-pro players; some teachers, but most are civilian players who enjoy making music together. They contribute a significant amount of time to their “hobby” much to the benefit of the RAF Association and other Service & Charities.

Please NOTE you don’t have to have served in the Royal Air Force or other Forces to become a member of the Band!

In its short history the Band has and continues to raise thousands of pounds for the Royal Air Forces Association as well as raising monies for other Service and Civilian charities.

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  1. Hi Pauline
    Although I do not live in your area I am keen to associate myself with the RAFA Band.

    I am a retired (1980) HM Royal Marines Bandsman and have continued my love of playing music to this date. I am member of the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service Concert Band (principle saxophonist) my main instrument is the Alto Saxophone but I play Tenor, Soprano & Clarinet.

    Although it would be difficult to be a full member due to the distance from Exeter, I would however like to offer my support if a dep is required for a concert in the south west area.

    Several of my colleagues in Exeter/Exmouth have played with the RAFA Band and I am sure they would be happy to vouch for me.

    Please feel free to contact me either by email or call 07425 154533

    All the very best

    Lionel

    1. Hi Lionel,
      Thanks for your email and enquiry.

      Glad to hear you are still love playing so many good/talented forces musicians have left bands after years of commitment! I cannot understand why! Many say they are cured of music!!

      Yes there are a few who know me & I have called upon a few Royals for assistance when down in Devon area. My arranger is an ex RMBS name of Phil Fryer & Mike Owen comes along quite regular to play cornet / French Horn. Your current MD Martin has also helped on percussion once or twice too.
      I have also sent 6 of my youngsters into the RMBS over the years on Clarinet, Bassoon, Cornet & Percussion.

      I will add you to the RAFA Concert Band contact list. Thanks again for your offer,
      Regards
      Peter Skellon BEM HND MD
      RAFA Concert Band

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