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Derby Cadets at Buxton Military Tattoo

Article posted: Aug 17, 2011 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

126 (City of Derby) Squadron Rifle Drill Display team recently put on a dramatic performance in front of 1000 people at the Buxton Military Tattoo.

The Cadets were asked to perform their breathtaking routine at the Buxton Tattoo following their performance at the event last year where they received rave reviews.

The rifle drill team, led by Cadet Flight Sergeant Joshua Bray, performed a 10 minute routine to music. The routine incorporates many complex movements and requires split second precision by all involved. The audience were spellbound throughout the routine but as the last beats of the music faded away, the crowds erupted with applause which lasted longer than the applause for any other act in the show.

This year the Rifle Drill Display Team were preceded by the 126 Squadron Corps of Drums. Again, the audience watched with delight as the drummers carried out a lightning speed routine that echoed throughout the amazing Buxton Dome.
In the second half of the evening, a team from 126 Squadron took on the Army Cadets in a Light Gun Race. The cadets represented the Air Training Corps well and were far smarter and motivated than the Army Cadets. The scores in the end were equal but the crowd were definitely behind the blue shirts of the Air Cadet Organisation.

F/Sgt Joshua Bray said, “We really enjoy performing our continuity drill display. We have been perfecting the routine for quite a few months and I think all of our efforts paid off. The audience seemed to thoroughly appreciate our continuity display.”

The Rifle Drill Team are now working on a new routine for their performances later in the year which include the Derby squadron’s Open Day and a potential appearance alongside 504 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force in September.

To see past performances by 126 Squadron Rifle Drill Display Team