Members of the Devon & Somerset Air Cadet Band are celebrating being officially recognised as the ‘Best in the South West’.
The cadets recently competed in the Air Training Corps South West Region Band Competition, held at RAF Odiham in Hampshire on Sunday 5 October 2014. Many hours of preparation and practice were undertaken prior to the event. Not only were the cadets marked on their musical ability, but also on their standard of dress and foot drill.
The band comprises of air cadets from squadrons across both counties. They age from 13 to 20 years old and are of various musical abilities. Band duties are undertaken alongside their normal squadron activities which include flying, gliding, shooting, sport and adventure training.
Wing Media Officer, Squadron Leader Dave Rolfe said, “The band has been working very hard in practice, performance and drill. We are exceptionally proud of their achievements.”
In this year’s competition Devon & Somerset Wing took seven out of eight musical disciplines. These included full band, smartest band, percussion, fanfare, solo drummer and drum major. First prize for the ensemble was also awarded with a performance by Cadet Sergeant Jenny Symes-Podic No. 421 (Totnes) Squadron, Cadet Flight Sergeant Tim Salvidge No. 1955 (City of Wells) Squadron and Cadet Sergeant Cavan Plant No. 722 (Chivenor) Squadron. Cadet Corporal Tasha Gavin of No. 211 (Newbury) Squadron won first prize for solo bugler.
The Devon & Somerset Air Cadet Band is now busy practicing for the Corps national band competition due to be held at RAF Halton – competition is sure to be tough.