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Music Collaboration Videos are a Hit During Lockdown

Rob Richardson on his electronic drum kit for Brassfestuk

Article and Photographs: Jonathan White

A talented local drummer has appeared in two high-profile online videos during UK lockdown.

Rob Richardson of Wistaston, is a member of Cheshire Drums and Bugles, a member of the Royal Welsh Regiment Corps of Drums Association, principal percussionist with Crewe Brass and a Primary School Supply Teacher. 

During the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown he has used his drumming skills to contribute to two videos during July 2020, which have received thousands of views around the world.

Rob Richardson performs for Virtual Corps of Drums

Rob’s first appearance was in a Virtual Corps of Drums collaboration video for The Bands of HM Royal Marines (Facebook, web site).

Drummers auditioned by submitting a video of themselves playing their side drum or Practice Pads. Hundreds of videos were received from the USA, Canada, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, and the UK. However, only a select few, including Rob, appeared in the final cut.

The video can be viewed on youtube.

Rob’s second appearance was in a BrassFestUK Isolation Massed Band collaboration video for Brassfestuk (Facebook, web site).

Rob Richardson with his side drum for Virtual Corps of Drums

The Band played the song ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ by the British rock band Queen. The video release coincided with the birthday of Queen member and songwriter Brian May and was dedicated to him by project organiser Rob Tompkins. The video can be viewed on vimeo.

Lockdown music videos have proven to be a welcome distraction for many people who are missing the band room and playing with friends.

Rob Richardson said: “As pretty much all of my “family” have passed away, my friends in the regiment, the Corps and the Band ARE my family and both my Dad and I have missed being in the bandroom, the barracks and the studio making music and seeing our Banding Family.

“Doing these videos and taking part has been so good for my own mental health apart from anything else. It was an honour to represent the Regiment & Cheshire Drums and Bugles in the Royal Marines Virtual Corps of Drums and well, to play alongside some of my friends from the No 1 Brass Band in the World, The Cory Band, on “Fat Bottomed Girls” was just pure, unadulterated fun!”

For further information please visit Crewe Brass, Cheshire Drums and Bugles and the Royal Welsh Regiment Corps of Drums Association.