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LONDON, UK.  06/06/11. The most senior non-commissioned officer in the British Army, Garrison Sergeant Major WDG Mott OBE, supervises American bandsmen and women at rehearsals for the annual Beating the Retreat. The United States Army Band join with the Massed Bands and Corps of Drums of the Household Division to rehearse Beat Retreat at Horse Guards Parade. The event takes place on 8th and 9th June for featuring the US band the first time. The US visit comes two weeks after the State visit to London of the US President..