National Marching Band April Training Camp
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By Cpl Shannon Copeland. - 148 (Barnsley) Squadron
From the 2nd-9th April, I had the opportunity to attend the Easter National Marching Band Camp at RAF Halton. Throughout the week, I was introduced to many people and we were straight into practice. We worked on our drill, and we all practiced with our specific instruments. As I am a snare drummer and discovered there is a lot more to learn than I initially thought! Stick drill, dynamics and so much more. The week was incredibly busy and was at times tiring with the amount of work, but it is definitely work it.
On Thursday evening the band was honoured enough to receive an invitation to the Royal Albert Hall in London to watch the Mountbatten Festival of Music by the Royal Marine band. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. All the performances were amazing, especially the solos! Needless to say, we made ourselves quite obvious to the rest of the audience as we sang and even danced.
At the end of the week, we had a final performance in front of some personnel, staff and parents of cadets. It was a proud moment to see and hear everyone’s hard work paying off through a performance that looked and sounded fantastic. This camp has given me a great opportunity to improve my skills as a drummer and I feel more confident to be creative and to pass on my skills to other drummers within our Squadron band. I can say with confidence I am now proud be a part of the National Marching Band, and I am looking forward to my next experience!
For more information please visit the Squadron website