This weekend (Saturday 30 April) Falmouth-born musician Edward Pascoe will perform in front of one of his biggest ever crowds – not as a member of the world-renowned Royal Marines Band Service but as a Royal Navy rugby star at Twickenham Stadium.

Musn Edd Pascoe, RM Band Plymouth, will take to the pitch in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 80,000 in the fiercely contested annual Army v Navy match, where the best of the British Armed Forces will stake their bid to take home the coveted Babcock Trophy.

Edd says: “I can’t wait to give it my all on the pitch this Saturday. There’s nothing better than playing at the highest level for the Royal Navy in front of a sold-out crowd. We’ll give the fans something to look forward to.”

Edd's music and rugby history

Edd was a pupil at Falmouth School and Truro College where he studied for his A Levels. While there he took part in their rugby programme which offered great opportunities such as touring South Africa and Japan. Edd has also played junior rugby for Penryn RFC and has been selected to represent his County. Edd now plays his local rugby at Redruth in Cornwall.

Edd joined the Royal Marine Band Service in 2010 and completed three years of training as a trombone player. For this period, he chose to focus less on rugby to assure his success in his chosen profession of music. He was drafted to Portsmouth Band (Royal Band) for two years, during which time he performed at many prestigious events and locations around the globe. He is currently serving with the Plymouth Band based in Torpoint, Cornwall and has enjoyed returning to his ‘home’ county and all that it offers.

Beating Retreat 2016

Edd’s next major public outing will see him perform as one of hundreds of Royal Marines Band Service musicians at Horse Guards Parade, London, 25-26 May.

Edd says: “Royal Marines Beating Retreat is one of the biggest events in the Massed Bands calendar. It is going to be amazing to perform, albeit in a very different arena, in front of a completely different audience to my rugby career.”

To buy tickets for Beating Retreat, visit Tickets start from just £12.50. Tickets for the Army v Navy game have sold out.