One of 1220 (March) Squadron’s newest cadets is right on tune, having been asked to join the Air Cadet Organisation National Marching Band.

Josef playing in the Air Cadet Organisation National Marching Band

Josef playing in the Air Cadet Organisation National Marching Band

The squadron bandmaster, Flight Sergeant Brian Goodall noticed a call for tuba players to attend the corps marching band camp during the Easter holidays. Although not yet a full member of the squadron band, it was known that Cadet Josef Pankhurst (14) is able to play the tuba.

After contacting the director of music and forwarding a video of Josef playing his instrument filmed on the Flight Sergeant’s iPad he was invited to attend the camp. Whilst at camp cadets learnt to march with their instruments and play quite a few new tunes. They also practised in groups of instrument type, and used singing as a way of warming up. As a full band they came together to conduct performances at Chatham Historical Dockyard and Dover Castle.

Throughout his very busy this week Josef took time to keep us informed of his activities. The formal end to the camp was a dining in night, where as the youngest member of the band he was chosen to be Mr Vice and gave the loyal toast.

Josef has now earned his prestigious gold musician badge to wear on his uniform and has been invited to perform with the ACO National Marching Band at several performances later in the year. The first of these was the St. George’s day parade along Whitehall in London.

Josef said “This was my first camp with the Air Cadets and I was really nervous but the others made me feel welcome and I ended up really enjoying it. I am looking forward to music being a part of my cadet career and the staff on the camp were really helpful”

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