RAF appoints its first female Drum Major

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The Royal Air Force has appointed Sergeant Hilary Rosenthal as Deputy Drum Major – the first female to ever hold the role.

Sgt Rosenthal, 31, from Greasby, on The Wirral, joined the RAF in November 2004 on French horn, serving with the Central Band. In March 2015, she was posted to the Band of the RAF Regiment.

Her appointment as the first female Deputy Drum Major comes after the Women’s Royal Air Force Band was disbanded.

Her role as Deputy Drum Major will be to assist the regiment’s Drum Major chief technician Rob Scullion with drill, deportment and discipline. On some occasions, she will also have to lead the band during engagements.

Sgt Rosenthal’s first official engagement was leading the band and the Queen’s Colour Squadron at Edinburgh Castle during the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Speaking about her appointment, Rosenthal said, “It is a real pleasure to lead the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment at this incredibly high profile engagement in the international spotlight.”

“Performing alongside other world class acts from across the globe is the best start I could possibly imagine to my career as a Drum Major.”

“With a Sunset Ceremony and several graduation parades in September, I’m very much looking forward to leading the band at these important Service events.”

Alison Simpson
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