On Friday 6th July, the day before The English Football Team's World Cup Quarter Final match against
Sweden, military bands have been performing the 1996 song, 'Three Lions', first recorded by The Lightning Seeds with comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner who at the time presented The BBC and ITV TV Show - Fantasy Football Football League.
The Band of the Welsh Guards, performed the song on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace when The 1st Battalion Coldstream took over The Queen's Guard from The Queen's Colour Squadron Royal Air Force during the Changing of the Guard ceremony in London. The band were conducted by their Director of Music Major David Barringer, who the day before was awarded his MBE in Hollyrood Palace by HM Queen.
The Band and Corps of Drums from The Royal Logistic Corps, who for one time only were joined by The members of the 157 (Welsh) Transport Regiment Corps of Drums and The Pipes and Drums of 152 (North Irish) Regiment to provide musical support to The 3rd Battalion Royal Logistic Corps who were taking over duties from the 1st Battalion Irish Guards during The Changing of the Guard ceremony inside Windsor Castle. The band have since commented on their Facebook post saying that members are the public are invited to here the song be played again tomorrow at The Royal Logistic Corps Open day in Dettingten Fields in Deepcut as pre-match entertainment before the Quarter Final match is shown on big screens!
The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Plymouth also entertained families and friends at HMS Raleigh Ceremonial Divisions Parade by playing the England Football song to the delight of the spectators! Meanwhile, The Band of HM Royal Marines Commando Training Center have been performing the tune t their base whilst marching! This also proved as a rehearsal as the next day the band were to be seen marching and entertaining the crowds at the RNAS Yeovilton Air Day with the song prior to the match.
On Saturday 7th July, celebrating England's victory over Sweden, The Massed Bands of the Royal Air Force, alongside 1,600 RAF Personnel sung the song during rehearsals for the RAF 100 Parade and Flypast in London to mark their centenary in Tuesday!
The Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers have also been spotted playing the English Football Anthem at their Beating Retreat ceremony in the Tower of London on the evening of Saturday 7th July during a special event marking the 50th anniversary of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
Also on Saturday 7th July, The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals, joined by members of The Band of the King's Division paraded through the town of Thornbury as part of their carnival. When the band halted, they played Three Lions to the delight of the large and enthusiastic crowds!
On the 12th July, the afternoon of the unfortunately last game by England in the World Cup, Te Band of the Coldstream Guards cheered them on and commuters at London Waterloo's Station during their performances throughout the day celebrating the 200th anniversary of London Waterloo Train Station.
Videos of all of the band's performances can be found in the links below:
The Band of the Welsh Guards -
The Band of the Royal Logistic Corps - https://www.facebook.com/BandoftheRoyalLogisticCorps/videos/2177690775580299/
The Band of HM Royal Marines Plymouth -
The Band of HM Royal Marines Commando Training Center :
The Massed Bands of the Royal Air Force -
The Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers -
The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals -