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LONDON, UK  09/06/11. As the second night of Beating the Retreat draws to a close, the Massed Bands of the Guards Division, the Bands of the Household Cavalry and the US Army Europe Band and Chorus all play in formation beneath a clear sky. On two successive evenings each year in June a pageant of military music, precision drill and colour takes place on Horse Guards Parade in the heart of London when the Massed Bands of the Household Division carry out the Ceremony of Beating Retreat. 300 musicians, drummers and pipers perform this age-old ceremony. The Retreat has origins in the early days of chivalry when beating or sounding retreat pulled a halt to the days fighting.
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