Frank at Inveraray Highland Games with Royal Marines band

Lance Corporal Frank Rochford of HM Royal Marines Band Scotland, from Campbeltown.
Lance Corporal Frank Rochford of HM Royal Marines Band Scotland, from Campbeltown.

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Musician Frank Rochford from Campbeltown is no stranger to performing at Highland games and other events; as a child, he was a member of Kintyre Schools Pipe Band, a solo piper and he played violin.

He was once again centre stage at Inveraray Highland Games in his chosen career, as a member of The Band of HM Royal Marines Scotland; Lance Corporal, playing third clarinet.

Frank is a former pupil of Campbeltown Grammar School.

As is usual, the band drew huge applause from the crowd for its precision marching and superb music.

The band has been busy since lockdown restrictions were lifted, travelling to London to take part in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, playing at Horse Guards Parade, and also at Royal Windsor Horse Show where Frank performed a violin solo, playing a hornpipe on the violin.

The band has also been playing at Holyrood garden parties.

In the Royal Marines, all musicians and buglers are fully-trained members of the military; most frequently, their job is to provide medical support, logistics and ambulance driving.

In this capacity Frank, 28, was part of the military team brought in to help with Covid vaccinations.

He was not the only person from Kintyre at the games; delegations from both Kintyre Schools Pipe Band and James McCorkindale’s School of Dancing also performed.

The premier Highland dancing team to go forward to represent Argyll and Bute at the Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival is chosen each year at Inveraray Highland Games. The dancers and reserves, several of them from James McCorkindale's School of dancing, are seen here.
The premier Highland dancing team to go forward to represent Argyll and Bute at the Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival is chosen each year at Inveraray Highland Games. The dancers and reserves, several of them from James McCorkindale’s School of dancing, are seen here.