By Cpl. Hong Yoon-ki, Eighth Army Public AffairsApril 25, 2011
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - The United Kingdom's Band and Bugles of the Rifles held a performance in remembrance of the 60th Anniversary of the Battle of Imjin River here April 20.
Gen. Walter L. Sharp, commander of the United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea; ROK Army Gen. Jung Seung-jo, deputy commander of Combined Forces Command and commander of Ground Component Command; and other distinguished guests watched as the UK Army Band played selection of melodies while marching.
Starting its history since the Crimean war, the United Kingdom Corps of Army Music soldiers has also carried out non-musical duties.
The soldiers assume an operational mission of the chemical decontamination of casualties prior to treatment in a field or general hospital.
In addition to the non-musical roles that musicians undertake on operations, the band provides musical support to funerals of the soldiers killed in action.
"Military music is a powerful tool whether in support of the moral component of fighting power or in a community relations or a Defense Diplomacy role," said Sharp.