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Coronavirus: Military Bands Conduct Virtual Performances

Numerous military bands have continued to play and practise together with virtual performances.

Despite the country-wide lockdown, British military bands are coming together to conduct virtual performances.

Across more than 30 homes, the Nottinghamshire Band of Royal Engineers created a special lockdown rendition of their regimental march, Wings.

A drum track was sent to each band member, who then recorded and sent back their individual section, before the audio and video was pieced together to create the virtual performance. 

Warrant Officer Class 1 Nicholas Shuker, from the band, said: "It’s kept people motivated, kept people in touch, people aren’t lonely, they’re engaging with their fellow musicians, it’s been really good.

He also said the band are "learning new music" during the lockdown and sent his "best wishes" to members of the Royal Engineers who are helping to build field hospitals across the country.

Meanwhile, musicians from the RAF Air Cadets have created a rendition of Toto’s hit single Africa.

The performance saw a range of unusual instruments being used, including salt shakers and kitchen equipment.