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RAF, IAF bands to play together at India Gate in Delhi on March 3

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The Royal Air Force's (RAF) Regimental Band and the Indian Air Force's (IAF) Air Warrior Symphony Orchestra will play together for the public at India Gate here on March 3.

This will be the first time that the two bands will play together. The concert will start at 4 pm, an official press release said.
 
The RAF Regiment band is considered to be one of the leading military bands in the United Kingdom with a strength of 41 musicians and has earned a worldwide reputation for its outstanding performances. 
 
Originally formed from the Royal Air Force Coastal Command band in 1942 it has travelled extensively including tours of Europe, Canada, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Belize, Hong Kong, Iraq and South Korea. It is a regular performer at Edinburg Tattoo and as a part of Royal Air Force Massed Bands giving musical support to the Queen’s Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force Regiment. 
 
The IAF’s Air Warriors Symphony Orchestra (AWSO) was set up in June 2002. It has 76 musicians who play brass, woodwind, reed, string, electronic and percussion instruments. The band has performed in Bangkok, Berlin, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and has participated in International Music Festivals in Finland, France, Italy and Malaysia. The AWSO is the only military orchestra in the country, which has empanelled with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). 
 
In 2005 the IAF Band became the first Asian Member of the International Military Music Society based in Norway. 
 
The two bands would be conducted by Squadron Leader G Jayachandran and Flight Lieutenant Mathew Little. 
 
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