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AFGHANISTAN: Royal Marines Band, tactical and musical

November 21, 2008 |  1:23 pm


By tradition, the Royal Marines Band deploys as ambulance drivers and stretcher bearers when British troops go to war.

So band members are hard at work at the British-run hospital at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan that provides life-saving emergency care for British and American troops and Afghan civilians. But they haven't forgotten their initial duties.

On Remembrance Day -- the British equivalent of Veterans Day -- band members donned their formal uniforms and provided a morale-boosting concert in the desert for troops and patients.

How was it?

"Top shelf, capital, as they would say," said Gunnery Sgt. Paul Martin, the U.S. Marine Corps liaison to the hospital.

-- Tony Perry at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.

Photo: The Royal Marines Band during a performance in Britain. Credit: Royal Marines