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Musical First for Local Wideopen Air Cadet

2014-03-18 21:58:48
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By 861 (Wideopen) Squadron

A local Air Cadet from 861 (Wideopen) Squadron ATC has achieved a first for his Squadron – a BTEC in Music which he has earned through his musical exploits in the Air Cadet Organisation!

Cadet Sergeant Sam O’Neil, 16 from North Gosforth, has been working towards his BTEC for a little under a year completing a demanding series of workbook sessions and proving his musical talents through live performances.  Sam achieved a Distinction in this qualification which is the equivalent of 2 GCSE’s at Grade A which is a fantastic top up for his already impressive range of qualifications that he has achieved both through school and the Air Cadets.

Sergeant O’Neil plays saxophone in the Air Cadet Organisation national concert band and the national marching band to a Grade 8 standard.  He has just completed a full year as the Corps Band Sergeant for the marching band which saw him assisting the Adult Staff in running the marching band, its practice sessions and its live performances in front of everyone from national dignitaries to very senior military officers like the Chief of the Air Staff and Commandant Air Cadets.

Sam was presented with his BTEC Award by his Squadron Boss, Flight Lieutenant James Elliott, earlier this week.  Sam said: “I am really pleased to qualify for my BTEC in Music and really will help me to top up my CV for university applications.  I have already achieved a BTEC in Aviation Studies through the Air Cadets so this is another qualification I can add to the pile of qualifications I have managed to get through the Air Cadets”.  Also receiving his BTEC in Aviation Studies was Cadet Matthew Easton.

Squadron Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant James Elliott said: “Sergeant O’Neil works extremely hard to pursue his musical ambitions through the Air Cadet Organisation and we are thrilled to see our first BTEC in Music appearing on the Squadron.  Sam has worked really hard over the past two years as part of the national concert and marching bands and he is constantly away with the Air Cadets doing exciting things in the bands.”

If you are musical and you fancy getting involved in music in the Air Cadets through 861 (Wideopen) Squadron, please call 0191 236 6583 on Monday or Thursday evenings between 7.00-9.30pm or alternatively email 861@aircadets.org or check out the website at www.861sqn.org.

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