Paul Johnson is a musician in the Band of the Irish Guards based at Wellington Barracks in central London. The Irish Guards band is one of the five foot Guards’ bands that form the Household Division.
11 October 2012
A return to the Emerald Isle for Army musicians
Paul and the band have been to Ireland: “Today is a sad day for the Band as they head down to Dublin, to say goodbye to the Regimental Mascot, as he retires from duty. Part of the retirement included a marching display, as well as the handover of duties from the old dog to the new 3-month-old puppy.”
26 June 2012
Beating Retreat and Trooping of the Colour
What an interesting week it has been! Lt Col Stephen Barnwell had a dream of something a little different and special for the Beating Retreat this year – and it is always a fantastic experience to be stood on the front rank whilst royalty inspect the Bands and the Guards in the Trooping of the Colour.
12 June 2012
A Royal Fanfare
This year is a very special year for the Bands of the Household Division, with a once in a lifetime celebration of the Queen’s 60 year Reign.
26 January 2012
One of the first gigs
In Paul’s first blog he describes marching out on to a parade square in freezing temperatures at the home of Army music and entertaining dinner guests with a ten-piece brass ensemble.