Based at Castle Armoury in Bury, the Band and Drum Corps of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashire) was founded by its president Lieutenant Col (Rtd) Eric Davidson MBE DL to keep alive the tradition of the former constituent regiments; The Lancashire Fusiliers XX and The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. The band has currently around 30 members with the drums numbering around 20. All the members serve in a voluntary capacity and have no army reserves commitment. The uniform proudly worn is that of the regular regiment which is headquartered in the Tower of London. This friendly band welcomes any musicians prepared to commit regularly to rehearsals, parades and events and who have a minimum of Grade 5 level ability.
The band performs regularly in the local area and at venues across the UK. They entertain regularly at military functions and dinners and have produced two CDs.
The corps of drums have a joint role leading parades with the band and joining with them at some concert performances. As an individual unit they have travelled the length and breadth of the country performing their now famous ‘black light’ show; precision drumming under cover of darkness, the movement of their sticks only visualised by the emission of ultra violet light.
The band and drums have twice been guests at the Hamilton Military Tattoo in Canada where they performed with the pipe band of our sister regiment – The Lorne Scots – and as part of the massed bands.
In 2011 the band had a successful tour in Belgium. Events included playing in the Market Square in Bruges and the square outside the Cloth Hall and in Flanders Museum in Ypres. A particular highlight for the band was participation in the poignant Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony.
In 2013 they visited the coastal town of Caen in Normandy, France where they performed at venues including the museum at Arromanches, Rouen and Honfleur and enjoyed visits to local places of interest.
In addition the band have a full set of fanfare trumpets which have featured in events such as the rugby league finals at Wembley and Old Trafford and the Mayor-making ceremonies each year in Bury.