Sally GeorgeSally George (née Door) was a cornet player and member of the WRAC band from 1976 to 1982. She discusses her experiences studying at Kneller Hall and her following posting in Guildford as a member of the band. Reminiscing about playing in the all-female band, she discusses the role and importance the band played.
Sally George – Film 1Sally George was born in Gosport and raised in Woking, Surrey to Royal Navy parents. Fancying the Cornet as a child, she found herself becoming a member of the Guildford Wind Orchestra where she met a girl who was a musician in the army. Just after her 18th birthday, she signed up for the WRAC. She then discusses her experiences in basic training, passing out then her role in the band.
Sally George – Film 2She reminisces some of her past band solos and she describes her memories of what it was like to play the Last Post for remembrance. Sally George discusses her knowledge of Kneller Hall prior to joining the army and then her early experiences as a pupil there with the aim of getting to play her first military concert. Being one of only a handful of women she discusses her interactions with the lads and her living arrangements. She speaks of the community of Whitton’s love for Kneller Hall and the musicians as well as one of the nearby stomping grounds, the White Hart, a local pub.
Sally George – Film 3Sally George speaks of time at Kneller Hall where she met her husband and reminisces about the winter morning inspections. She discusses the effect of the cold on the sound of the cornet and on the fingers. After completing her course at Kneller, she found herself returning to her regiment, the WRAC. Being the only all-female army band, her regiment would frequently travel and play, she discusses the purpose of such events being unity.
Sally George – Film 4Discussing the WRAC being posted in Guildford, she speaks of how it differed from the male regiments. Sally George then speaks about the impact events like the Guildford IRA pub bomb had on soldiers’ security in public. She talks about the interesting element of hierarchy in the regiment versus that in the band. While playing in the WRAC band she was lucky enough to play for the Queen, Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret. Finally, she explains what she thinks the legacy of Kneller Hall is and the one time she forgot her music.
Sally George (née Door) was a cornet player and member of the WRAC band from 1976 to 1982. She discusses her experiences studying at Kneller Hall and her following posting in Guildford as a member of the band. Reminiscing about playing in the all-female band, she discusses the role and importance the band played.