In recognition of Reserves Day 2022, we introduce Senior Aircraftman (SAC) Griffiths, a saxophonist in the Band of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF Band).
It was a chance conversation with two former RAF Musicians whilst on tour in Germany that brought Senior Aircraftman Griffiths to the Band of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force Band. Here he reflects on his first year in service.
"One positive the Covid Lockdown gave me was time to consider and look for new and exciting openings to complement my career as a freelance musician. Becoming a Part-Time Voluntary Reservist in the RAuxAF Band has since become the perfect addition to this as I am able to fit my RAF commitments perfectly around my civilian work. Before joining the RAF Reserves, I enjoyed a varied musical career, performing worldwide alongside well-known artists or in musicals and shows, but now I have another path within military music.
Recently, I was offered the chance to play for the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The experience was fantastic in every way; it was extremely challenging as it was completely different to what I am used to, but the training and support I received from my colleagues was first class. Being one of 42 highly professional and accomplished musicians playing and marching down The Mall towards Buckingham Palace was a proud moment, and an experience I’ll never forget! I know there will be many more similarly exciting experiences yet to come and I intend to make the most of the many wonderful opportunities the RAF has to offer."
Senior Aircraftman Griffiths
Band of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force