HMS Collingwood Volunteer Band
1960 - 1995
served in HMS Collingwood 10 times in 35 years ending up as Lt (SD)
(E) (WE). My VBI Bandmasters that I can recall were 'Neff' Collins,
John Hargreaves, John Odey, Len Lewry, Ben Robinson, Paul Weston and
Dave Thornber. I have some good phots of my time there, and also some
massed band phots from HMS St Vincent. Ironic that BRNC RM Band has
ended up in HMS Collingwood. I wonder if the Commodore HMS Collingwood
will let the volunteer and RM bands play together so that they can again
play Mechanised Infantry and Little Bugler with about 20 Bugles.
John Hargreaves was with the Queen Mother when she came to HMS Collingwood in 1966. She presented a white ensign flown at the Battle of Jutland which is still on display in the Wardroom. John Odey was officiating at the Freedom of Fareham celebration in about 1974. Len Lewry was in charge at the Royal Military Police do in Chichester circa 1982. The HMS St Vincent Royal Marine Band were included in the Ships Bugle Band in 1960. Dave Aves was the Bugle instructor who used to take the lads down to the US Civil War cemetery in St Vincent and I am sure they probably did waken the dead.
Miller was my Bandmaster in HMS Invincible 1989 and these phots (above)
were the Official before and after the reception. They always seemed
to have plenty of Rum even though the tot had long gone.
HMS Invincible witih 'Dusty' Miller 1989/90
Miller with Concert Band playing for the Cocktail Party in Wilmington
Hargreaves was my Bandmaster in 1966 and we had a good band with plenty
of fine young artificers
HMS St Vincent Bugle Band in half blues, Royal Marine Band Full Blues.
Doesn't seem fair really!
of the Band Photos from HMS Collingwood not sure of the years but will
Thornber relieved Paul Weston in about 1993.
It's fascinating and brings back so many fine memories.
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