Air Cadets enjoy success at national marching band competition

By James Vukmirovic | Aldridge | News | Published:

A military band have been celebrating after success at a national competition.

The band delivered a top class performance across all six disciplines

Cadets from the 425 Aldridge Squadron Air Cadets band performed alongside 16 others from across Staffordshire wing as a part of a national marching band competition with the Staffordshire Wing Marching and Concert Band.

CWO Keely Mansell, Sgt Ben Smith, Cdt Sam Kitchen, Cpl Nathan Blakemore and Sgt Kyra Holden represented the squadron in six categories and enjoyed a successful competition with a first placing in full marching band, solo bugle, ensemble, and fanfare and band turnout and a second placing in percussion.

CWO Mansell took second in the percussion competition in her first year of taking the role of drum major and spoke about the success of the squadron.

The ensemble performance was one of several areas the band placed first in

She said: “It was an amazing feeling when each win was announced. It went to show that all our hard work paid off and that practice really does make perfect.

“It was nerve-wracking at first as it was my first year as drum major, but I’m glad I was able to march the band to victory.

“We usually get together to practice on between one or two weekends a month wherever possible to make sure we polish up as much as possible on our marching, musicality and overall standard ahead of each major competition.”

To find out more about the Aldridge Air Cadets, go to their Facebook page.

James Vukmirovic

By James Vukmirovic
Community Reporter - @jamesvukmirovic

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