On Friday 7th August 22 members from 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron Band were invited support the Ashes Test Match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
The cadets arrived at Nottingham railway station at 0830hrs and set up outside on Queens Road, ready to play to cricket fans arriving by train. The cadets were warmly welcomed by the arriving fans, from England as well as Australia and provided something different as they made their way to the match.
The marching band performed their repertoire as well as the percussion section wowing the crowds with their display until 1100hrs where they then made their way to Trent Bridge.
A quick briefing took place where the cadets were told they were going not only going to be performing in the lunchtime slot, but they would be performing on the pitch and could potentially be on live TV which generated lots of excitement!
As the lunch break began the cadets marched smartly onto the field and performed a 5 minute piece to the thousands of fans, who opted to stay in their seats to watch rather than rush off for food.
The band did a fantastic job and were well received by the audience with lots of positive comments following and some requests for a second performance.
Flt Sgt Thomas Clamp, the Squadron Drum Major said “It was an amazing experience, the atmosphere at the ground as we marched on was like nothing I’ve experienced before. It was an honour to perform at the ashes and I hope we get invited to come back again”.