3 March 2020
Edward "Ed" Lindsay was a Cadets in the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Band for 5 years, leaving in 2015 due to his age. At this point he joined the Army. Ed always had ambition to join when he was old enough, but it was the ACF Bands that showed him what he could do as a Musician.
When Ed attended the Recruitment Office, he applied for both Music and Infantry routes, becoming successful in Music. From here Ed went off to the prestigious Royal School of Music at Kneller Hall, Richmond, where he studied for 12 months. After graduating from Kneller Hall, Ed joined The Band of the Queen's Division based in Colchester.
After spending a little under a year in Colchester, Ed then transferred to The Band and Bugles of the Rifles in Worthy Down, Winchester. His role now is mostly public duties such as playing at Buckingham Palace and at Passing Out Parades.
Ed said that he enjoys the social element to his job. He very much enjoyed this as a Cadet also, meeting people from all over, coming together on Camps with the same love for Music. Ed also has the opportunity to travel within his role, something he may not have been able to do if he had not joined the Army as a Musician. To date, Ed's favourite concert he has played in was the England vs New Zealand Rugby match in Twickenham Stadium in 2018.
Ed has this message for anyone looking to join the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Band, or the Armed Forces as a Musician: "Go for it! You will need to prepare and practice hard but anyone can do it if you put the effort in. Don't miss out on what could be the best years of your life, in the ACF Bands or even, like me, in the Army's Bands."
If you are interested in joining the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Band, ask your Detachment Commander to speak to Capt S Croney. For more information about the Army's Bands, search on the Army website www.army.mod.uk