Musical success for Devon and Somerset Air Cadets Band at national competition


Musicians from the Devon and Somerset Air Cadets Band have been celebrating following their success at a national band competition.

On November 23 and 24 members of Devon and Somerset Air Cadets Band competed against top musicians from across the country at the Air Training Corps (ATC) National Marching Band Competition at RAF Halton, Buckinghamshire.

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Devon and Somerset Air Cadets at the national band competition

Following a weekend of fierce competition which saw rival Cadet Bands from across the country taking part, Devon and Somerset Wing Band impressed the judges and placed in a variety of categories.

The bands were judged on their performance in a number of musical disciplines and recitals. Turnout and Drill Standards are among the categories judged in the competition.

Devon and Somerset Wing band placed first for the Smartest Turnout category, third for their percussion section and took the silver medal for overall band performance.

The award for the best Drum Major went to Cadet Warrant Office Jake Rosen of 1064 (Honiton) Squadron who has been a member of the band for 5 years.  He was presented with the Air Training Corps silver Drum Majors mace by Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty.

Air Commodore McCafferty praised all the cadets who had taken part in the competition describing them as an “outstanding” group of young people.

The Devon and Somerset Air Cadets band welcomes any young Cadet who wants to join from novice musicians who have just started learning to expert performers who have been playing for a number of years. 

The band’s Volunteer Adult Instructors play a huge role in teaching and encouraging young Cadets about military music and practices are held regularly to maintain a high standard of performance at public events and parades. 

All Cadet Band members also take part in regular Cadet activities such as flying, gliding, adventure training and regular camps at RAF stations at home and abroad.

To find out more about joining the Cadets as a young person or as an adult please visit

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