Regimental Band

F (LDYPAO) Squadron Band ACF on Annual Camp in 2009.

Leicestershire & Derbyshire (PAO) Yeomanry
 Regimental Band at Blackfell Camp, Co. Durham,1966.

Regimental Drums of the LYPAO & LDYPAO.

The LDY "Trumpet Call(s)" is that of the 9th/12th Lancers: "Regimental Call Stables, Blackbirds Fanfare".


Bandmaster Stent had the Squadrons in turn to listen to the trumpet calls which he intended to introduce to future camps, however the defence cuts prevented this.
(Many thanks to John Sills LDY PAO for the information)

LDY Trumpeters 1966.

The LDY Regimental March is "Yeomanry" by Bandmaster Roy Stent (Band Sergeant Major 1960, 9th/12th Lancers).

LDY Regimental Band at Bellerby Camp 1964, Bandmaster Roy Stent at the head.

The LY 154th FA used the Regimental March "Bird of the Desert" or (Quick March) "Moses in Egypt", according to old comrades in the 1960s. The quick march "Moses in Egypt" was the quick march of the 11th (PAO) Hussars and therefore likely to be the used march.

Band Master, 1938.
He is wearing a Regimental silver lace waist girdle with his frockcoat. 

Bugler 1938

LY Band in 1932 on Armistice Day, Melton Mowbray.

Leicestershire Yeomanry Band at second annual camp 1921.

Prince Albert's Own Leicestershire Yeomanry Band
RP Pub Adams, Syston. (circa 1909)

The Leicestershire Imperial Yeomanry used the Regimental (Slow) March "The Black Horse" in 1907, as shown on a Regimental history aide-memoir. 1907 is also the year that the former Bandmaster of the PAOLYC, Henry Nicholson junior, died.

Before the 20th century few cavalry regiments deigned to own a Quick March, regarding such jaunty infantry-style quicksteps as beneath the dignity of the mounted arm. Although with the passing of time - and the horses - Quick Marches became accepted. 

Around 1881 all regiments, cavalry and infantry, were instructed to submit details of their Regimental Marches to War Office so that they could (for the first time) be officially approved. Only Slow Marches were submitted by the cavalry. Many of these had already been in use for generations; some were based on traditional melodies; some were borrowed from the world of Opera; others had been specially written by long-forgotten Bandmasters, no doubt on the orders of contemporary Commanding Officers.

"The Black Horse" Regimental March : Lord Devonshire had raised a Horse Troop of his own in support of the new King ( William ), this Troop was to eventually come to be known as the 7th ( Princess Royals') Dragoon Guards. In 1720 during the Regiments peak they acquired the nickname 'The Black Horse'. Unfortunately there is no information about the origin of the Slow March of the 7th (Princess Royals) Dragoon Guards. Its earliest appearance in print dates from 1897 when a pianoforte arrangement was published in The Black Horse Gazette for October of that year. It was then entitled simply "Seventh Dragoon Guards (Princess Royal's) Regimental March", but according to tradition it was not unnaturally known by all ranks as "The Black Horse March".

LIY Band at annual camp in 1903

An LYC Veteran (Trumpet Lance Corporal) c1900, "Once a Yeoman, always a Yeoman!"

LYC Bandsmen c1898.

PAOLYC Trumpet Major William Rouse c1897
Trumpet Major Rouse is seen here on duty for the Lord Major of Leicester. The PAOLYC Band wore a different Busby to that of the fighting Squadrons of the Regiment. The Banner on the Trumpet would be the Coat of Arms of the Squadron Leader, Commanding Officer's or Colonels of the Regiment unless the whole Corps of Trumpeters was issued with one Coat of Arms in particular, i.e. if the Colonel of the Regiment or local individual had produced an entire set of Trumpet banners which does still happen, even today. It is most likely to be the Lord Mayor of Leicesters own Coat of Arms.

(Thank you, to Mr & Mrs J Rouse of Seaford in East Essex for the picture of Mr Rouse's Grandfather and information.)

LYC Mounted band in Victoria Park, Leics in1890. Henry Nicholson (Band Master) can be seen mounted furthest left of the band.

PAOLYC Drum Horse, the drums appear to have plain cloth side covers.

Henry Nicholson  junior (b.1825- d.1907)
Pictured above c1895, made his first public appearance in 1836, when he took his place with his father’s Duke of Rutland’s Band for a concert held on the Wharf Street Cricket Ground. From an early age Henry showed his musical talent both as a player and a composer, writing, in celebration of the Queen’s visit to the town in 1843, a march
that was later to be adapted as the Regimental March of the Leicestershire Yeomanry Cavalry

Henry is buried in the Nicholson Family Grave at Welford Road Cemetery in Leicester.

In 1844, the year that Henry joined Jullien’s famous orchestra in London, he promoted the first of what were to become annual concerts in Leicester. These concerts, which became a tradition that lasted for almost half a century brought many famous musicians to the town including the singer Adelina Patti and Charles Hallé, whose piano playing on his first visit to the town in 1868 caused such a sensation.

Two years later Henry played in the first English performance of Mendelssohn’s
Elijah at Birmingham Town Hall. Conducted by the composer, Nicholson used the opportunity to get the maestro to sign his flute case. He continued this custom, collecting many famous musicians' autographs over the next half century, including, on his visit to Leicester in 1903, that of the American ‘March King’, John Philip Sousa, who signed just below the name of Kubelik. Sadly the case is now lost.


18 (approx) members of the PAOLYC Mounted Band in full review order, 1885. The LYC Drum Horse is seen at the front.


PAOLYC Drum Horse (drum banners not worn), the mounted band was present at the Duke of Cambridge's' visit to the Midlands in 1885. A Squadron of the PAOLYC can be seen in the right background facing toward the tent and can also be seen in the picture below that are to the close right of the drum horse. The picture below shows the rest of the band behind the Drum Horse.


29 July 1863
  • Horticultural Show and Band Contest - Moira, near Ashby-de-la-Zouch

    Prince Albert's Own Leicestershire Yeomanry Cavalry Band (by permission of Colonel the Right Hon, the Earl Howe) was engaged for the occasion, and directed by Mr. Nicholson, the bandmaster. The members of this band played with great spirit and skill the following selection of music:

    Wedding March - Mendelssohn. .
    Valse, "Garendon" - Mrs. A. de Lisle.
    Overture, "Zauberflote" - Mozart.
    Grand Selection, "Robert le Diable" - Meyerbeer.
    Polka, "Eclipse" - Koenig (Cornet Obligato, Mr. W. Seal.)
    Grand March, composed for the opening of the International
    Exhibition, 1862 - Auber.
    Galop, "Early Morn - J. P. Clarke
    Overture, "Bohemian Girl" - Balfe.
    Operatic Selection. "Un Ballo in Maschera" - Verdi.
    Quintett, "Blow Gentle Gales" - Bishop


    c1852 there is mention of the "North Leicestershire Yeomanry Band" along with some members of the Duke of Rutland's Band, that was part of the opening ceremony of the "Nottingham Arboretum" in the Notts papers.

  • 30th September 1813

    The Leicestershire Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry on the 30th of September 1813 in a field in Belgrave, Leics. On the far left of the Squadrons you can see a mounted section of 8 men dressed in Blue tunics and Tarleton helmets, these men are the mounted band and the earliest recorded picture of a band for the LYC.