New bandmaster for regiment

Warrant Officer Class 1 Mark Evans will shortly be leaving the Rock and handing over his Bandmaster’s baton to Warrant Officer Class 1 Justin Gooch.

Mark has spent less than two years with the RG Band but he has been posted early to join the Band of the Scots Guards who have been without a Bandmaster for several months. Being with a Guards band in London means a busy summer of ceremonial events – not least Trooping the Colour on Horseguards Parade in June.

‘In terms of media profile, Trooping the Colour will be the biggest parade of my career,’ said Mark. ‘But, I shall always remember the day that the Princess Royal came to Gibraltar. She spoke to me for several minutes, even though it was blowing a gale on the airfield. She was most impressed by the quality of the Band and especially so when I told her that they were all volunteers who could only practice in the evenings.’

‘Despite all the parades in Gibraltar, the two most satisfying jobs during my time here were to play at the Cheshire Home in Tangiers and the time I went to Gambia to help their National Armed Forces band. When I arrived in Gambia, my first task was to mend several of their instruments but within two weeks the band were able to give a concert at a reception at the British High Commissioner’s residence.

The RG’s new Bandmaster arrives from being the Bandmaster of the Army Air Corps band and, before that, that of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. ‘So I am well used to working with the bagpipes,’ said Justin.

‘I asked for this posting but never expected to get it,’ added Justin. ‘I very pleased to be here and so are my wife and family.’