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Posted: 03/02/12

Army musicians to perform at college

Musicians from the Army and a Mansfield college are to join forces in a unique collaboration.

On Tuesday (7 February) musicians from the band of the parachute regiment, based in Colchester, will join music performance and music technology students at Vision West Notts in composing and recording a selection of contemporary pieces in the college’s state-of-the-art recording studios.

Accompanied by Warrant Officer Colin Blowers, the regiment will introduce students to the contemporary musical styles practiced by the Army.  Today's modern Army musicians compose pieces not only for marching and symphonic concert bands but also for other musical ensemble such as strings and rock bands. 

Students will also learn about the range of musical qualifications and careers available through the Corps of Army Music, which is the largest employer of musicians in the UK.

Later in the day, students will join officers in performing the day’s compositions to a small group of fellow students and staff in the performance theatre inside the college’s new £5m Create building at its Derby Road campus.

Curriculum manager for media and music, Steve Gathercole, said: “This is a unique opportunity for students to learn about the historical roots of Army music before working with respected musicians to combine wind-band instruments and arrangements with modern genres.

“We can’t wait to hear the live performances after the day’s rehearsals and recordings.  It’s set to be a lively show.”