My Life in the Royal Marines Band Service - Circa 1947-1968
by Michael G. Hutton
July I was informed that I would have my first job as Bandmaster of
a ships band to be formed in August and join HMS ? In September. The
reason for the question mark was - the admiralty were not sure which
HM Ship it would be as during that period there were many cut-backs
in Naval spending and the ship we were due to join may be moth-balled!
I also visited the other bands in Plymouth at that time - Captain Leo
Arnold had the divisional band at Stonehouse Barracks, Lt Ray Woodfield
in HMS Drake and Bandmaster Bob Ellis was at HMS Raleigh so there were
many RM Bands in the area I could call on for assistance if need be.
The college at Manadon was of course just for engineering officers and
there were over 300 guys there who were being trained to run the Royal
in Plymouth on my reconnaissance trip I had organized rented accommodation
for Rhoda and myself quite close to the College. It was in Hartley Vale
just behind the 'Golden Hind' pub which was to become the band's local.
Most of the married quarters were in that area or in Mutley Plane just
a couple of miles further into Plymouth. One of the band however decided
to live near Oakhampton which happened to be a few miles in the opposite
direction - that was the Euph & 'Cello player Bob Chumley who has
remained a good friend for many years and who now helps to organize
our reunions in Australia.
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