Pop Culture Pipe Bomb Presents: Fresh Music Friday’s Featured Band The Lancer Band!
Welcome to another edition of PCPB Presents Fresh Music Friday, yes I know it’s been a while since the last one, but I have something a little different and extraordinary this week for your hearing pleasure, so without further ado, this week’s FMF featured band are The Lancer Band!!
The Lancer Band is an Australian Army Band, serving as the Regimental Band of the 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers. The band is an organic formation of the regiment and is co-garrisoned at Lancer Barracks in Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales. The Lancer Band is the oldest Australian military band still in continuous service being formed in 1891!
The Lancer Band consists of Australian Army soldiers who serve as musicians as part of their Australian Army Reserve service. They perform at government, community, military, and returned service functions and can play in many ensemble formats, including a full military marching band, a big band or jazz ensemble, a rock band, a jazz quartet, wind or brass quartet, and an acoustic ensemble.
Lancer Band members are musicians by their Army trade, and this is their primary role within the Regiment and the Army. In 2015, the Lancer Band achieved a significant amount of media and internet attention after a recording of the iconic song ‘I Was Only Nineteen ‘, originally recorded by Australian band Redgum.
The 25th of April is a paramount date in Australian and New Zealand history. That day is ANZAC Day, a day when we remember the fallen, the returned and the serving men and women of all conflicts. ANZAC day was originally to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I.
This year the Lancer Band pulled out something so incredibly heartfelt and beautiful, which they produced in just 24 hours mind you! The Band recorded ‘When the War is Over ‘ by Australian band Cold Chisel. This is one of my all time favourite songs and their rendition of this classic song moved me, so I had to share it with you all.
CPL Tom Urquhart arranged the song (Keyboard ) MUSN Elizabeth Smith (Vocals ), LCPL Chris Hand (Guitar ), WO2 Dave Pragnell (Bass ) and CPL Ben North (Drums ). With Backing Vocals by WO2 Dave Pragnell, CPL John Byrne, CPL Ben North, CPL Tom Urquhart, LCPL Chris Hand, MUSN Nathan Albertini, MUSN John Butterworth, MUSN Jonny Mackay, PTE Braxton Jones, PTE Jacob Gross.
MUSN Elizabeth Smith’s hauntingly beautiful vocals are harmonic, and emotionally-rich together with the perfect backing vocals by the boys and the flawless arrangement by CPL Tom Urquhart has come together to make this a truly breathtaking rendition of ‘When the War is Over ‘ from these Aussie musicians who are all incredibly talented. Please head to The Lancer Band’s Facebook page and Youtube channel and give them some love & support! You will find all the links will be at the bottom of the page.
Check out The Lancer Band’s rendition of ‘When the War is Over ‘ Below
Video by MUSN Malcolm Ramsay & CPL Tom Urquhart
Audio by MUSN Nathan Albertini & MUSN John Butterworth