ACO Band Parades at Downing Street
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By Philip Jones LRPS Sqn Ldr RAF VR(T) - ACO Photographer South
The Air Cadet National Marching Band was selected for a high profile event held at No 10 Downing Street recently (18 Jun 14). The cadets from across the UK were at the Prime Minister's residence in central London to support a Government initiative to expand cadet units in schools.
For one cadet it turned out to be a long day. Drummer, Cadet Sergeant Aaron Hall, a member of Ryde School Combined Cadet Force on the Isle of Wight, got on the ferry at 04:45 for the 17:00 performance at Downing Street. He said "It was a great privilege to play in such a location and I have really enjoyed it. It's one of those events that you can only get through being a cadet".
The Band's Drum Major, Cdt Sgt Brandon Prophet from 317 (Failsworth & Newton Heath) Squadron, Air Training Corps in Greater Manchester Wing spoke to the Prime Minister. Brandon said that he "discussed being a Drum Major and how he controls and leads the band to great performances", he added that "it has been an amazing day and a real privilege not just to meet the Prime Minister but to mingle with all the other cadets".
The Band was lead by the Air Cadet Organisation's Principle Director of Music, Wing Commander Gill Singleton RAFVR(T), he said "This has got to be one of the best jobs that the band has done, to play in the gardens of No 10. The immense amount of good it has done the organisation is immeasurable, as always the cadets performed at the top of their game".
Cadet Corporal Izaak Stanley played a solo performance on penny whistle in Lord of the Dance reprising his performance at the recent Kingston Band Tattoo.
After listening to the Marching Band Mr Cameron said "being a cadet is a fantastic opportunity that gives young people the skills they need to get on in life. I want many more people to gain this type of experience no matter what their background, and that is exactly what this new funding will help deliver."