The Jamaica Regiment Band
The Jamaica Regiment Band and the infantry regiment of which it is a
part, have a long lineage, being directly descended from the ancient Jamaica Militia of
1662. As defender of Jamaicas shores, this was the successor to Cromwells
troops which had taken Jamaica from the Spaniards a mere seven years earlier. In 1660 the
Monarchy was restored in England and, two years later when the Jamaica Militia was formed,
there commenced an allegiance to the Crown that has continued through more than three
centuries to the present day.
There is also a link with the West India Regiment; in 1959,
what is now the 1st Battalion of the Jamaica Regiment became the 1st Battalion of the briefly resurrected WIR, following the creation of the short-lived
(British) West Indies Federation. It became the forerunner of the rest of the Regiment
when, following the dissolution of the Federation, it was re-established as the 1st Battalion the Jamaica Regiment on 31st July 1962 six days before Jamaica
became an independent Nation.
In 1962 the Band, which had previously been that of the WIR,
became the Band of the 1st Battalion the Jamaica Regiment; following the
creation of a 2nd Battalion in 1979, it was renamed the Jamaica Regiment Band,
and serves both regular Battalions.
The Full-dress uniform is a scarlet tunic with dark blue