The Honourable Artillery Company based at Armoury House in the city of London is the oldest unit in the British Army with an established Corps of Drums dating back to the late 1500’s The Corps long and distinguished history has seen it parade at the funeral of Oliver Cromwell in 1658, lead the regiment out of Armoury House to both World Wars and in recent years Public Duties in London and Windsor plus many ceremonial duties within the city of London.
The old saying “Once a Drummer Always a Drummer” is certainly true and which led to the view held by a few former members of the HAC Corps of Drums that something should be done to keep alive that “spirit” which exists in all ex drummers.
Therefore it was with this in mind that the Honourable Artillery Company Drummers Association was resurrected in June 2000, after a lapse of some fifty years, with an aim to:
v Playing the drum and flute music associated with military Corps of Drums
v Renew and maintain friendships
v Support the Honorable Artillery Company and it’s Corps of Drums
News of the reformed Association quickly spread and with music being played both static and “on the march” and it was soon discovered that old drummers never forget. Respectable sounds and crisp drill movements were achieved and maintained very quickly.
The Association now meets at twice a year at Armoury House, and at a weekend event held at the HAC Shooting Lodge at Bisley, All the past meetings have proved to be a great success.
Many members of the Association also parade with the Corps of Drums Society, the Guards Division Drummers Association Corps of Drums and the Yorkshire Corps of Drums
Membership of the association is open to both former members of the HAC Corps of Drums (Members) and Corps of Drums enthusiasts (Associate Members)