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Central Band of the Royal Air Force

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Central Band of the Royal Air Force
Central Band of the RAF crest.jpg
Background information
Years active1920-present

The Central Band of the Royal Air Force is an RAF regular band and is part of Royal Air Force Music Services. The motto of the band is Aere Invicti (Latin for "Invincible with the Brass").[1]

Equipment (saxophone) in December 2015
Equipment (saxophone) in December 2015


The Central Band of the RAF was formed in 1920, shortly after the RAF had been formed in 1918. Their version of the theme from the Dam Busters reached No. 18 in October 1955, spending one week in the UK Top 20.[2]

The band has given performances on BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night in October 2010[3] and, to mark the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF, in April 2018.[4]


The Central Band at the funeral of Margaret Thatcher.
The Central Band at the funeral of Margaret Thatcher.

All band members are fully trained military personnel. The director of music is Flight Lieutenant Tom Rodda. The bandmaster is Warrant Officer Tony Scannell.

Notable personnel

See also


  1. ^ Pine, L G (1983). A Dictionary of mottoes. London: Routledge & K. Paul. p. 7. ISBN 0-7100-9339-X.
  2. ^ Rice, Jo (1985). The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles 5th edition. Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 186. ISBN 0-85112-429-1.
  3. ^ "Friday Night is Music Night". BBC. 1 October 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Friday Night is Music Night". BBC. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2020.

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