About the Band

Directors of Music

The Directors of Music is appointed by Kneller Hall. He is selected from serving bandmasters and is responsible to the Regiment for the musical proficiency, turnout and esprit-de-corps of his band (NOTE: Line Bands, Infantry and Cavalry, have Bandmasters and not Directors of Music).


Band Presidents

The administration of a military band is the responsibility of an officer, other than the Director of Music, who is appointed Band President by the regiment to which the band is attached.


Regimental Marches and Trumpet Calls

Shortly after the formation of the first official band in 1922, an old Worcestershire folk-tune 'My Boy Willie' was adopted as the Regimental March. The reason for the selection was the association of the name with the first tank 'Little Willie'. It was not until 1944 when a further tune 'Cadet Roussel' was added to the original arrangement by J L Wallace then RMC Sandhurst Bandmaster. This tune is said to be an old Cambrai folk song. The verses of 'My Boy Willie' according to Maud Karpeles book "English Folk songs" are:

O, where have you been all the day,
My boy Willie?
O, where have you been all the day,
Willie, won't you tell be now?
I've been all the day, courting a lady gay,
But she is too young to be taken from her Mammy.

O, can she brew, and can she bake,
My boy Willie?
O, can she brew, and can she bake,
Willie, won't you tell be now?
she can brew, and she can bake,
and she can make a wedding cake,
But she is too young to be taken from her Mammy.

O, can she knit, and can she spin,
My boy Willie?
O, can she knit, and can she spin,
Willie, won't you tell me now?
She can knit, and she can spin,
and she can do 'most anything,
But she is too young to be taken from her Mammy.

O, how old is she now,
My boy Willie?
O, how old is she now,
Willie, won't you tell me now?
Twice six, twice sev'n,
Twice twenty and eleven,
But she is too young to be taken from her Mammy.

The Regimental slow march is called 'The Royal Tank Regiment'. It was composed by Lieutenant W G J Lemon when he was Director of Music of the Alamein Band. It starts with the trumpet call of the old RTC Depot and is based on the themes from 'My Boy Willie' and the Australian tune 'Waltzing Matilda'. The latter was adopted by 7 RTR when they were equipped with Maltida tanks and supporting to 6th Australian Division in the Western Desert

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