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Although well-subscribed, HMS Heron Volunteer Band is always seeking new musicians to help enhance its vibrant and enthusiastic membership. 

The band rehearses twice a week on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7.30pm at RNAS Yeovilton, near Ilchester.

Uniforms, musical tuition (instrumental and theory) and supply of musical instruments are all provided and members of the band enjoy an amenities pass which enables them to use the high-quality unit facilities (including a swimming pool and well-equipped gym). 

If you would like to become a part of our ensemble then please contact us using the link on this page.



"I first joined the band in 1982 and I 

honestly say that I've enjoyed every

minute. I've had the chance to play on

every instrument in the band (except for

trombone) finally settling with the Tuba,

out of necessity rather than choice,

something to do with a big bottom end!?

I left the Royal Navy in 2008 but continue to support the band both as a player and as an instrument repairer." - Tim currently works for a music shop in Sherborne.

CATRIONA DAWSON                                  

"I joined the band about 9 years ago.

Having played the flute since the age of

7, I decided to follow in the footsteps

of my brother who had already been

performing with the band for a few

years. He has since joined the Royal

Marines Band Service as a French Horn

player. By joining the band, it has given me the opportunity to play with like minded people and expand my musical knowledge. My Dad is also a member of the band, playing side drum and other percussion. The social side of the band is brilliant fun and I especillay enjoy meeting up with the other RN Volunteer Bands at the annual festival held in Portsmouth. It's a great feeling performing to the public in our concerts and other engagements. My favourite gig is the annual Christmas concert under the Concorde at the Fleet Air Arm Museum."​

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