A team of four Air Cadets from 209 (West Bridgford) have been crowned National Champions at the Air Training Corps Ensemble competition held at RAF Halton.
Four Cadets made up the band. Cadet Warrant Officer Serena Linley (18) played the guitar and sang, Sergeant Stephanie Willett (17) also sang and played the keyboard, Corporal Grace McDonald (15) was also on the guitar and Flight Sergeant Barnaby Taylor (18) learnt how to play the banjo for the competition.
They played a medley of three songs which were ‘Ho Hay’ by the Luminaries, ‘I Will Wait’ by Munford and Sons and ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ by Taylor Rae
FS Barnaby Taylor said “It was the first year that the squadron had entered the ensemble competition so it was an exciting day for everyone involved.
The performance itself was in front of a large crowd which included the Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty who spent the performance tapping her foot and singing along.
The competition was tough, but in the end 209 triumphed, winning the competition on behalf of Central and East Region.
It was a fantastic achievement to win, especially the first year we had entered. Everyone involved worked very hard and on behalf of the Ensemble I’d like to thank our instructors Sgt (ATC) Jade Brock and Flying Officer Liam Waring for their time and support throughout each level of the competition.”
The Sqns Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Steve Richards said “I would like to say how outstanding the Ensemble team have been. The four Cadets have excelled themselves at this competition, from just an idea a year ago to national champions today! I am extremely proud of their determination, talent and maturity. They have undoubtbly raised the bar of the Ensemble Competition and lifted 209s profile within the local, regional and national arena.”