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About the Guards Division Corps of Drums Association
The Official Web Site of The Guards Division Corps of Drums Association

Who Are We?

As a Member of the Corps of Drums Society we fully support their aims. We quote below their first aim:
“a) To promote and preserve the concept and traditions of the drum, flute and bugle corps of drums..”

To that end we invite all ex-Drummers (both drummers and flute players, and not just ex-Household Division Drummers) to come along and join us at our monthly practices – We will do our best to make you feel welcome. 

Where we practice:

Our practices take place at the Grenadier Guards Association Club, Windsor (post code SL4 5EY).  Take junction 6 off the M4, onto the A332 towards Windsor, then the first slip road (staying in the right-hand lane), at the roundabout take the third exit for the A308.  As you come off the roundabout immediately on your left take the first exit (an unmade track) by the side of the St. John’s Ambulance building.

At the back of the building you will find the Grenadier Guards Association Club.  You have arrived, and there is plenty of parking.

When we practice:

Our practices take place once a month, on a Sunday, meeting at 10.30 am and finishing around 3.00 pm. Free tea, coffee and biscuits are provided during the practices and Members bring their own lunch.  There is a garage opposite where sandwiches can be purchased.  Contact the Hon. Secretary for the yearly list of practice dates.

Music:

Popular marches are played mainly from the Henry Potter & Co. catalogue including marches composed by: F.C. Burdett, W. McGanna, J.F. Goulding, F. McCoy, F.H. Poole, A. Shrimpton, W.H. Turpin, J. Winter and many others.

Our instruments:

Drums: Two type are played: the side drum (which enhances the music with the various beatings) and the bass drum (which provides the tempo or rate of march).
Flutes: Two types are played: the 5 keyed wooden, high pitched, Bb flute (used mainly for the melody) and the 6 keyed wooden F flute (used for the lower harmonies, bass parts and counter melody).

We can provide instruments for the practice, if needed.

Our uniform:

After much thought it was decided to keep our uniform very simple. This allows guest players to join us on parade without having to be kitted out with a special tunic, head-dress and belt etc.
From head-to-toe we wear:

  • The individual’s regimental beret, badge and tie.
  • White shirt.
  • Dark blue blazer.
  • Dark grey trousers.
  • Black polished shoes.

Our Membership:

Membership is not restricted to ex-Household Division Drummers. All ex-Drummers are most welcome to join us.  We have both male and female Members from a variety of Corps of Drums: The Cinque Port Corps of Drums; The Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment; The Honourable Artillery Company Drummers Association; The Old Coldstream Corps of Drums (Perry’s Own), Cadet instructors, to name just a few, plus a number of individual players.  Come to one of our practices, and if you like it become a paid-up Member.

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