The Contribution of Military Music to Soft Power

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A lecture by Colonel Barry Jenkins, Director, Corps of Army Music and Commandant, Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall.Household Division Trooping the Colour

British military bands are amongst the finest in the world. Regarded as an essential part of the fabric of the nation, they are charged with tasks that are symbolic and represent centuries of British tradition. Emblems of patriotism, their sound stirs the soul and in every way they are a civilising influence.

In an age of uncertainty, the UK is committed to projecting influence and power abroad, in order to protect interests at home. Through military music, service bands act as ambassadors of the Armed Forces, supporting state ceremonial occasions and achieving influence in order to further defence as well as national and international interests. In his lecture, Colonel Jenkins discussed how military music is uniquely placed to contribute to the moral component of soft power.

Colonel Barry Jenkins was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Artillery in August 1984. He attended the Army Command and Staff Course at Camberley in 1995 and was subsequently appointed to the Royal Naval College Greenwich, teaching the Royal Naval Initial Staff Course. From 1997 to 1999, he commanded 53 (Louisburg) Battery, 22nd Regiment Royal Artillery in Kirton. Upon promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in 2002, he was posted to HQ ARRC as the SO1 Air Defence/Air Space Management. In 2004 he joined the JDCC as SO1 Fire Support/Peace Support Operations (Sub Saharan Africa). From February 2005 to September 2007, Colonel Jenkins commanded 16th Regiment Royal Artillery, introducing Phalanx C-RAM into Iraq and assuming GBAD duties for the Falkland Islands. He commanded the UK Leadership Training Team in Afghanistan for six months and then worked on NATO/EU Policy in the Department of Policy for International Organisations in the Ministry of Defence for a year, before being appointed the Regimental Colonel/Assistant Director Personnel of the Royal Artillery in April 2009. He assumed his current appointment as Director, Corps of Army Music and Commandant, Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, in January 2012.

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