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Market Harborough Air Cadets Best Marching Band in the Country

Article posted: Nov 22, 2012 by Wing Media & Comm Officer

Drumming Up Another Success.

Band Ready

1084 (Market Harborough) Squadron joined the select few ATC bands to win ‘back to back’ ACO National Marching Band Championships at RAF Halton on Sunday November 18th.
The band which had won the Central & East Regional Championships in September contested the Championships against the best bands representing the other Regions in the Corps.

They were drawn last to play and they watched with bated breath the excellent performances of the bands playing before them. Nerves were tense as the time approached for their turn to enter the arena. Last minute words of advice and encouragement from their band masters and CO and they were called into the arena.

The Band Plays on

The first few notes sounded round the arena and the band stepped off to start their display. It soon became clear that they were a force to be reckoned with as they played a range of tunes skilfully linked together in a seamless musical fest. Marching tunes were followed by pop music and the emotive Highland Cathedral then an excellent display of drumming in the drum feature.

The drummers were using the new drums the Squadron bought after receiving a grant from the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust earlier this year. lead drummer, Sgt Callum Dilley said ‘it was great playing the new drums in the first competitive performance; it is a lot easier to get a consistent and crisp sound from them than our old drums’

The hard work the band had put into their routine paid dividends when it was announced that, despite the very stiff competition from the other bands; they had retained the trophy they won last year. This made it the third time they have been crowned best Marching Band in the ACO and their 6th appearance in 10 years.

To the Winners the Spoils

Their Officer Commanding Flt Lt Valerie Smith paid tribute to the cadets. ‘The band is an important part of the Squadron but all the cadets take a full and active part in the wide range of activities offered by the ATC. Several cadets completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Expedition earlier this
year whilst some completed Bronze Awards. Others achieved the Radio Communicators Badge and we had teams in all the Wing Sports events and cadets qualified for Wing and Regional Blues.

The fact that many of the cadets only play music through the Squadron band makes it all the more remarkable that they can play at such a high level. Needless to say I am very proud of them and what they achieve’