The Royal Marines Band Service is the musical wing of the Royal Navy. It currently consists of six Bands and its headquarters is the Royal Marines School of Music at HMS Nelson in Portsmouth dockyard.
The development of music in the Royal Marines is inextricably linked with the evolution of British military bands. Lively airs and the beat of the drum enabled columns of marching men to keep a regular step. The drum was the normal method of giving signals on the battlefield or in camp. As long ago as the days of Drake and Hawkins the drummer's rhythm would advertise the changing watches or beat the men to quarters.