The Band of The Parachute Regiment



The Band of The Parachute Regiment are based in Colchester, and form part of 16 Air Assault Brigade. They are one of six Multi Capability Bands in the Corps of Army Music.

The Band are in very high demand as a marching band but also perform as a concert band, big band, and smaller ensembles such as a jazz group, brass quintet or fanfare team. Last year, formal military engagements supported by the Band included commemorations of the 70th Anniversary of Operation Varsity, Germany; the International Military Pilgrimage in Lourdes, France; the rededication of the Bastion Memorial Wall at the National Memorial Arboretum, and the famous Sovereign's Parade at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

High profile public events included the maiden arrival of P&O Britannia into Southampton, the British Touring Car Championships at Silverstone and the Rugby World Cup at several venues including the iconic Olympic Stadium. This year The Band of The Parachute Regiment have been invited to perform at Spruce Meadows in Canada and whilst there will also provide support to British Army Training Unit Suffield in Alberta - the largest training area used by the British Army.

History

The Parachute Regiment was formed on 1 August 1942, but it did not have any musical support until 1947. At this time the 1st and 2nd Battalion Bands were formed in Aldershot from Bandsmen from varying infantry regiments whose 2nd Battalions were being put into suspended animation after World War II. A 3rd Battalion Band was formed a year later from newly recruited musicians. Each Band was directed by a Warrant Officer Class One, Bandmaster. All three Bands accompanied their respective Battalions, providing musical and medical support wherever they were stationed.

As a result of a Defence Review in 1985, the three Battalion Bands were disbanded and reformed to produce two larger Regimental Bands - The Falklands and Pegasus Bands. They collectively supported the three Battalions of The Parachute Regiment and additional Airborne Forces. ‘Options for Change’ in 1994 resulted in the formation of the Corps of Army Music, and consequently the amalgamation of both Bands to form The Band of The Parachute Regiment under the command of a commissioned Director of Music.

In 2001, the Band was posted from its ancestral home of Aldershot to the historic Roman town of Colchester. The Band maintains a heavy schedule of both military and civilian engagements throughout the United Kingdom and abroad, and has visited such diverse locations as the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Iraq, Qatar, Cyprus, the Falkland Islands, Norway, Malaysia, and much of Europe.

During the Christmas period of 2010, the band deployed to Afghanistan for two months alongside 16 Air Assault Brigade and was employed predominantly in musical duties, providing short periods of rest and recuperation vital to the morale of troops deployed on Op HERRICK. Additionally, some band personnel were utilised in the main Field Hospital at Camp Bastion, whilst others undertook various forms of guard duty, allowing soldiers a break in their routine.

Although the personnel in The Band of The Parachute Regiment have changed over the years, the culture and traditions remain the same. The Band continually seek to enhance their reputation for musical excellence and are very proud to represent The Parachute Regiment, Airborne Forces and the British Army, both at home and abroad.

To keep up-to-date with the Band's activities, follow them on Facebook and Twitter @PARA_Band. Interested in a job as an Army Musician? Email: BandPARA-CareersInfoTeam@mod.uk


Captain Justin Teggarty

CAMUS MMus BMus(Hons) BA(Hons) DipMus (Open) LRSM LTCL

Captain Justin Teggarty was commissioned in March 2015 into the Corps of Army Music, and to The Band of The Parachute Regiment as Director of Music. Prior to this he held the senior Bandmaster appointment of the British Army as School Bandmaster at the Royal Military School of Music. Before then, he served with The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland for just over a year, having already served 3 years with The Band of The Royal Logistic Corps as Bandmaster. Previous to the RLC, Capt Teggarty endured three years Bandmaster training at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, having already completed 8 years with the Band of the Welsh Guards.

Capt Teggarty joined the Army in 1996 as a tuba player. After completing 10 week’s Basic Training, he spent a year at the Royal Military School of Music. In April 1997 he was posted to the Band of the Welsh Guards. During his time with the Band, he participated in many State and Ceremonial events including Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, Remembrance Parades at the Cenotaph, Investitures within Buckingham Palace and Trooping of the Colour for the Queen’s Birthday Parade. He also achieved Licentiate diplomas with both the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours, and a Diploma in Music from the Open University.

On completion of the Bandmaster Course in 2008, he gained promotion to Warrant Officer Class One. Capt Teggarty graduated from RMSM with a Bachelor of Music degree with Honours, winning awards for best Conducting, best Parade Marches, the Academic Prize and the Best Overall Student Bandmaster, winning the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Medal.

Since joining the Army, Capt Teggarty has travelled to Spain, France, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ascension Island, the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Dubai, Russia and several trips to America and Canada. He has also completed 2 surges to Afghanistan during Op HERRICK 15, the first to provide musical support for Armistice Day, Remembrance parades and the first ever Remembrance parade for the Afghanistan National Army. During the second surge, he travelled to and performed in many of the Main Operating and Forward Operating Bases, as well as Patrol Bases and Check Points. The main effort was to provide music throughout the Christmas, New Year and the Burns’ period. His most recent tour was a Short Term Training Team to Ethiopia, to assist the development of the Ethiopian National Defence Force Band in Addis Abbaba.

Capt Teggarty has recently completed a Master’s degree in music. He is a keen sportsman, and enjoys skiing, football, hockey, and watching rugby. He is married to Rachel and they have three sons; Archie and twins Charlie and Harry.