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Music

Many Cadets around the Region are involved in Music, from playing Solo at a Remembrance Parade, to being part of a concert band, playing to an audience of hundreds. Music and bands form part of the Air Cadet Experience.

Many Squadrons have their own bands or groups, who play a variety of musical instruments. Some Squadrons may have a Corps of Drums, others a full marching band, others may have an ensemble group, made up of various instruments. Either way, there are many ways you can get involved in music with in the Air Cadets.

Instruments

You may already be good at an instrument, but don't worry if you're new to playing music - if you have talent we'll help you make the most of it. Here are some standard band instruments (but we cater for other instruments too):

  • Saxophones
  • Bugles
  • Cornets & Trumpets
  • Trombones
  • Basses
  • Cymbals
  • Side drum
  • Bass drum

North Region Music Services

North Region ATC Music Services, based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, seeks to nurture and develop the musical training of cadets and staff in the Air Training Corps and Combined Cadet Force (Royal Air Force) in the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

North Region ATC Music Services brings together the expertise of a number of professional and amateur musicians within the Air Cadet Organisation to facilitate the development of bands and its musicians, both at Squadron and Wing level. Cadets and staff are also encouraged to join the Region Band, details of which will be available in due course.

Cadets pursuing the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Music are also offered the opportunity and support to complete the award, through close links with CVQO.

Badges

There are a number of badges available to cadets who are either active members of a Squadron (Or higher) band, or who have reached Grade 3 (Practical) on a specific instrument. The criteria for active band members are summarised below:

Brass players:

  • Perform an ascending and descending scale
  • Perform General Salute, Last Post, Reveille and Sunset
  • Perform (solo) three marches, as played regularly by the band to which the cadet belongs
  • Demonstrate knowledge of drill and dress regulations for bandsmen
  • Demonstrate correct instrument handling and maintenance

Percussionist (untuned):

  • Perform (on a snare drum) double stroke roll, triplet, paradiddle, flam and drag
  • Perform General Salute, Sunset and four different 16-beat solos
  • Perform (solo) three marches, as played regularly by the band to which the cadet belongs
  • Demonstrate knowledge of drill and dress regulations for bandsmen
  • Demonstrate correct instrument handling and maintenance

Percussionist (tuned):

  • Perform three of the following scales (ascending and descending): C major (two octaves), Bb major, D major, D harmonic minor, E harmonic minor
  • Perform General Salute, Last Post, Reveille and Sunset
  • Perform (solo) three marches, as played regularly by the band to which the cadet belongs
  • Demonstrate knowledge of drill and dress regulations for bandsmen
  • Demonstrate correct instrument handling and maintenance

Piper:

  • Perform a scale, ascending and descending
  • Perform the following gracenotes: G, D gracenote and strike, E and high A, throw on D. You can do these on a chanter
  • Perform (solo) three marches, as played regularly by the band to which the cadet belongs
  • Demonstrate knowledge of drill and dress regulations for bandsmen
  • Demonstrate correct instrument handling and maintenance

Other instruments:

  • Perform three ascending and descending scales commonly used for the instrument being played
  • Perform General Salute, Last Post, Reveille and Sunset
  • Perform (solo) three marches, as played regularly by the band to which the cadet belongs
  • Demonstrate knowledge of drill and dress regulations for bandsmen
  • Demonstrate correct instrument handling and maintenance

Cadets who have qualified for one of the above badges (Blue) and then go on to play within a Wing band will qualify for the Bronze Badge. Cadets may also qualify for the Bronze Badge they have reached Grade 5 (Practical) or play in a Band graded Bronze level.

Cadets who have qualified for one of the above badges (Blue or Bronze) and then go on to play within a Region band will qualify for the Silver Badge. Cadets may also qualify for the Silver Badge they have reached Grade 8 (Practical) or play in a Band graded Silver level.

Cadets who have qualified for one of the above badges (Blue, Bronze or Silver) and then go on to play within a Corps. band will qualify for the Gold Badge.