The Band Of The Royal Air Force College
The Band Of The Royal Air Force College

A full military band will fill Newark’s Palace Theatre with the sound of swing when the Band of The Royal Air Force College bring their big band, the Royal Air Force Swing Wing, for a charity concert.

It takes place at the Palace on Friday, July 7 for the Royal Air Force Music Charitable Trust, which has already given more than £30,000 to various service charities for welfare funding.

Malcolm Goodman, the charity’s founder and honorary administrator, said: “With so many of the RAF band living in the Newark area, as the town is very much the home of the RAF College Band, it is a privilege to be able to present one of the country’s finest military bands once again at our local theatre.”

Since being formed in 1920, the RAF College Cranwell band has gained a world-wide reputation, not only for its musical performance, but also for taking part in state ceremonial events in the UK and overseas.

It is a regular performer at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and also went to Australia and New Zealand with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Down Under.

As well as being musicians, band members are serving members of the Armed Forces so have to support military operations around the world.

The Palace date is a rare chance to see the band in Newark because, due to its demand nationally and internationally, it doesn’t often have the chance to perform locally.

The band regularly features the music of Buddy Rich, Count Basie and Glenn Miller and is constantly writing exclusive new pieces to showcase the band and its talented soloists.