Corps of Drums Project
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Recently Central & East Yorkshire Wing invested in some new drumming equipment with the intention to loan them out to Squadrons for a 6 month period to help develop an interest in music.
Led by Sergeant ATC Adam Waudby; the Wing Bandmaster; several cadets have been taught how to use these drums and in the short time we have had them the results are impressive to say the least!
The intention is to practice to a point where shortly before they go on to another Squadron, the drummers will perform for the Squadron Civilian Committee with a view to fundraising to purchase our own "Corps of Drums" This would represent an investment of around £2500 for 4 snare drums, a base drum and the associated accoutrements and could only be supported if their is a genuine interest to develop this important aspect of Air Cadet training. The ultimate ambition would be to have our formal parades lead by the Corps of Drums, something which will add interest for the general public and another boon for the unit at public events.
Music is one of the 13 core activities of the Air Training Corps and attainment badges can be earned from Blue for a Grade 3 in Music all the way up to Gold for representing the Corps at a national level, for which our most recent representative was ex-Cadet Warrant Officer Chloe Springall who is now an adult Civilian Instructor in Manchester. There is also a BTEC in Music provided; for free; by the Cadets Vocational Qualifications Organisation (CVQO). Additionally there are regular camps arranged for Music which lead to public performances at major events.