Colonel C H Jaeger
Bac, LRAM, ARCM, psm, Irish Guards
Colin Dean; Foreword by Frank Renton
Jaeger was undoubtedly one of the most charismatic,
talented and popular characters ever to serve in Army
music and he is still very fondly remembered by so many
who served under him and enjoyed his music.
responsible for the music at great ceremonial events such
as the Investiture of The Prince of Wales and the State
Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill, as well as annually at
the Trooping the Colour and at the Cenotaph. He
also directed the iconic Marching with the
Beatles recording which found a place in the charts
and was heard regularly on the radio.
was brought up more or less as an orphan and joined The
Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry as a 14 year old
band boy in 1927. While studying to become a
bandmaster he was a founder member of the Kneller Hall
Trumpeters, playing in Westminster Abbey at the
Coronation of George VI in 1937.
Jiggs was appointed Director of Music of the Irish Guards
and served in this post for 19 years, becoming a hugely
popular figure at bandstands and concert halls throughout
the country. He appeared with the band regularly on
BBC Radio and was once the Castaway on Desert
Island Discs; he is still seen regularly on television
introducing a concert in the film The Ipcress File.
conducted the Black Dyke Mills
two years of his all too short life were spent at the
pinnacle of Army music as Director of Music of The Royal
Military School of Music, Kneller Hall. He died on
27th September 1970, aged just 57.
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