Eddie PickeringIn 1982 Major Eddie Pickering became the Bandmaster of the Cheshire Regiment having served in Germany and Northern Ireland.
Eddie Pickering – Film 1Eddie Pickering started his musical life in Middlesbrough as a young lad playing in The Salvation Army Band like his father. His life in the services started with the Territorial Army in the 50th Signal Regiment Band in Darlington, after which he joined The Junior Leaders' Regiment, The Royal Armoured Corps. After passing out at Bovington, Eddie joined the Alamein Staff Band The Royal Tank Regiment, before moving to the 1st Royal Tank Regiment in Catterick Garrison. Eddie recounts his early years and describes the place of the euphonium in the military band.
Eddie Pickering – Film 2Whilst serving with the 1st Royal Tank Regiment, Eddie enjoyed playing various engagements with the recruitment team. After two years at Catterick Garrison, Eddie was posted to Osnabruck, Germany where he was stationed for four years taking part in commercial engagements and community relations projects around Bavaria and Denmark. Eddie recalls his posting to Northern Ireland before heading to Kneller Hall as a Student Bandmaster.
Eddie Pickering – Film 3Eddie Pickering arrived in Kneller Hall in 1978 to join his Student Bandmaster class. In this film, he describes the pressure of leadership and practice all be it with some wonderful tutors.
Eddie Pickering – Film 4On the Kneller Hall Bandmasters course, Eddie had to perfect his own instrument and learn to a reasonable standard all the other instruments of the band - in just 8 weeks! As part of the elocution competition he had to talk for two minutes on any given topic. His was jogging. A subject he knew not much about and which got him hot under the collar...
Eddie Pickering – Film 5After passing his Bandmasters course, Eddie was posted to the Cheshire Regiment which was destined for Ballykelly, Northern Ireland. They went to play at concerts, on street corners, and in leisure centres, but the reality became something different. Eddie was in Ballykelly when the Droppin Well was bombed in 1982. 12 soldiers and 4 civilians were killed.
Eddie Pickering – Film 6Eddie is posted to Hong Kong for two years. He recalls some of his concerts including one in Korea for the commemoration of the Battle of Solma-ri. Back the UK, Eddie recalls public duties at Buckingham and St. James' Palaces. It's interesting to learn how the music was decided for each event.
In 1982 Major Eddie Pickering became the Bandmaster of the Cheshire Regiment having served in Germany and Northern Ireland.
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