By kind permission of Lt Col F Cuttle, Commanding Officer, 4th Battalion, The Mercian Regiment
The Mercian Regiment, so named because it is generally located within the ancient English Kingdom of Mercia, was formed on 1st September 2007 at Tamworth Castle, when three Regular Regiments merged to form The Mercian Regiment. They were ; The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment, The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and The Staffordshire Regiment.
The West Midlands Regiment and The King's Cheshire Regiment also combined to form a volunteer battalion, including the Band, which is now part of the Army Reserve and named The Band of the Mercian Regiment.
Based in Wolverhampton, the Band is made up of volunteer Reserve Musicians, including men and women from many varied backgrounds and civilian careers.
The band undertake a huge variety of performances locally, nationally and internationally, including parades, concerts and charitable events. In recent years The Band visited Cyprus and last year undertook Public Duties in London, performing at both Buckingham Palace and St James’ Palace for the Changing of The Guard ceremonies. The Band are the only Reserve Band outside of London to take on the role of Public Duties and they also took part in The Household Division Beating Retreat on Horse Guards Parade.
Director of Music -
After rising through the ranks service as a professional musician in British Army Bands, there followed a further twelve years as Director of Music of the Royal Army of Oman. Return to the UK meant four years as Director of Music to the West Mercia Police Band. In 2014 Captain Hodgetts then rejoined the British Army as a Reservist with The Band of The Mercian Regiment.