The Bands and Bugles of the Rifles uphold traditions dating back as far as the Napoleonic Wars. Instead of using the cumbersome drum, the earliest Riflemen used bugles to communicate orders on the battlefield.
The bands have evolved a unique style of music to match The Rifles' faster than normal marching pace at 140 paces per minute, maintaining the tradition of the Rifles motto “Swift and Bold”. Our regiment’s emblem of the silver bugle features heavily within the bands' bugles, on our buttons, as part of our cap badge and is the name of one of our most popular marches: Silver Bugles.
There are three bands in the Rifles: The regular (fulltime) Band & Bugles of the Rifles, and two Reserve bands, the Salamanca band based in Exeter with 6 RIFLES and the Waterloo Band, based with 7 RIFLES in Oxford. The contact details are below:
The Band & Bugles of The Rifles
WO2 Scott Parkinson
Tel: 01962 888 805
The Salamanca Band & Bugles of The Rifles
WO2 Richard Cregan
Tel: 01392 492458
The Waterloo Band & Bugles of The Rifles
Sjt Jackie Mann
Tel: 01235 548028