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MARCH CADET PERFORMS AT NUMBER 10 DOWNING STREET

Prime Minister David Cameron with cadets from the ACO National Marching Band

Prime Minister David Cameron with cadets from the ACO National Marching Band

Last Wednesday, Cadet Josef Pankhurst from 1220 (March) Squadron Air Cadets was among 41 lucky Air Cadets from around the United Kingdom who played for the Prime Minister David Cameron at his official residence, Number 10 Downing Street.

Prime Minister David Cameron with cadets from the ACO National Marching Band

Prime Minister David Cameron with cadets from the ACO National Marching Band

The cadets played several pieces in the gardens at Downing Street, including Imperial Echos, Eagle Squadron March, and the RAF Marchpast.

Josef has been a member of March Squadron for less than two years, and in that short space of time has already attended numerous high-profile band events at locations such as Whitehall in London, Dover Castle and The Birmingham International Tattoo.

The Principle Director of Music, Wing Commander Gill Singleton RAFVR(T) said “This has got to be one of the best jobs that the band has done, to play in the gardens of Number 10. The immense amount of good it has done the organisation is immeasurable, as always the cadets performed at the top of their game”.

Following the event, Josef said, “I really enjoyed meeting the Prime Minister and it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be able to perform in the gardens at Number 10”

JOSEF ANSWERS THE CALL

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”

For further information on 1220 log onto the website at www.1220atc.org.uk .