In 1881 ‘Boys Brigade’ was initiated by John B. Cull, who was the principal of Royal College then. The very reason to organize a group of this kind was to improve discipline among students by using a method of drilling. This initial step of cadet movement was kept in Royal College Colombo, and it was gradually introduced to the whole country. This atmosphere paved the way to form a cadet band at Royal College in 1979 which was headed by Sergeant R. K. G. Yahampath. The first officer in charge was Lt. R. P. M. Gamage.
Royal College Cadet Band has faced a lot of challenges and hardships during the process of achieving its current position in the school band arena of this country. It represented the school in a number of national level ceremonies, guards of honors and annual competition camps. RCCB won the first place in the annual band competition held in 1983 at Ananda Shasthralaya, Kottee by scoring 75 points. The Band was lead by W.O.II Siriena H.A.J who won the ‘BEST BAND SERGENT’ title at this competition.
Royal College cadet band, maintained its victorious position throughout the years , as it received the first place for the “The best performance award”, at the “Inter Battalion Competition” for the second time in 1985.
“The best performance award” was renamed in 1985 as the “Major General T.I. Weerathunga Challenge Shield”. Band represented the school for this competition and W.O.II Samaraweera S.M.A.P. headed it.
In 1987 the College cadet band commanded by W.O.II Peiris G.V.U.A.C. won the “Major General T.I. Weerathunga Challenge Shield” for the third time.
The annual band competition camp as well as other activities of RCCB were interrupted by the political disturbances that prevailed in the country in the late eighties. This untimely silence was the cause to lose some of our familiar titles at the camps held in 1990 and 1991.
The year 1991 was a turning point to the RCCB. Sergeant De Alwis D.D.L.P was not fortunate enough to complete his term and early termination of his leadership lead the band to be reconstructed from the very beginning. Sergeant Hewage C. was appointed as the new leader who was able to complete the mission. Mr. Harsha Hettiarachchi was appointed as the master –in-charge of the Cadet Band, in the same year, who served till 1996. There was no Officer-in-charge for the platoon for the next consecutive years.
At the annual band competition held in 1992 under the leadership of sergeant Wadusinghearachchi C. the band was placed the first runner up of “Major General T.I. Weerathunga Challenge Shield”. This victory marked the start of a victorious future for RCCB as the band continued it winning performances in several prestigious band competitions.
In 1993 the band won the “Most Outstanding Band of the Country” award at the “Major General T.I. Weerathunga Challenge Shield” competition and the winners were captained by Sergeant Jayarathne B.D.T.D.
RCCB continued to live up to the standards expected of them as they won the award for “ The most outstanding Band of the Country” for the fifth consecutive year in 1994 under the strong leadership of sergeant Pallewatta P.G.D.B.
In 1995 sergeant Jayakody S.V. won the “The Best Band Sergeant” title and he was selected to represent Sri Lanka at the Independence Day celebrations of Bangladesh. Cadet band regained the best band award for the 6th time and it was the consecutive third year they won the “Major General T.I. Weerathunga Challenge Shield”.
In 1996 Royal College Cadet Band set a record in National Cadet Corps by winning the most outstanding cadet band of the country award for the consecutive 4th time. It was also the 7th occasion the band won the“Major General T.I. Weerathunga Challenge Shield”. The band was led by sergeant Bomiriya N.D. He also was qualified to represent Sri Lanka at the “Heroes Day Camp” held in Bangladesh in 1997.
In 1997 RCCB faced a slight draw back in their familiar achievements but it never affected our moral courage. The Band managed to restore our position as we won the runners up award at the “Major General T.I. Weerathunga Challenge Shield”. Sergeant Soorasena W.D.T.C. conducted the band.
Past achievements strengthen us undoubtedly. Glorious titles we acquired, inspired us to look forward with a positive vision. In 1999 the RCCB emerged as the winners of “Major General T.I. Weerathunga Challenge Shield” under the leadership of sergeant Wathawanawithana S.D.
In year 2001 & 2002 we won the runners up awards at the annual competition camp after a close contest. Sergeants Jayasinghe T.I. in 2001 and Bamunusinghe B.A.S.D. in 2002 lead the respective bands.
After a small downside in 2003 and 2004, In year 2005 the RCCB managed to show some expectations – Under Sergeant Dissanayake.D.M.P.M as the band returned as runners up of the Gen.T.I.Weeratunga challenge shield” and the Sergeant won the title for Best Drum Major.
Sergeant Arachchige P.C.K conducted the Cadet Band in year 2008 and won the titles of Best Band and Best Drum major. RCCB won the championship for the first time since 1999 and Sergeant Arachchige.P.C.K was promoted to the senior under officer rank at the camp. Seargeant Perera.S.R. and Seargeant Chandrasiri J.P.I.N. led the band to win the title “ Runners up of the Gen.T.I.Weeratunga Challenge Shield in years of 2009 and 2010.
In 2011, the band platoon wrote a new era in its history. They won ‘Nidahasa’- All island outdoor band competition, which was organized by the President Secretariat and Government Media Unit in celebrating the president’s secondment and birthday, and ‘ISIC-Young Drums’ All island band competition, which was organized by the Ministry of Education and ISIC. And also RCCB was the best band in 3rd battalion of NCC. They were the 1st runner-up in ‘Vivace Brass’ Indoor band competition. And also they were the 1st runner-up to the Maj. Gen. GBW Jayasundara challenge trophy, awarded to the best cadet band, after tide contest and won 1st place in Music and Drill Competition in Hermanloose / De Zoysa Annual band assessment camp. It was Sgt. Peiris KGHS who lead the band in this year and he represented motherland in National Victory day camp and pared in Dhaka after 1997 in college history. And also he lead the National Cadet corps mass Band in the National Independence day pared, 2012 and promoted to the rank of Senior Under Officer.
In 2012, the cadet band won the western province band competition, organized by the Ministry of Education. And they were the winners of Maj. Gen. GBW Jayasundara trophy ,awarded to the best western Cadet band, for the 10th time in history and won 1st place in Music and Drill Competition in Hermanloose / De Zoysa Annual band assessment camp for the 5th consecutive year.