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The band that can be

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Well, it's almost ACR time and for the first time in 15 years, our Squadron has a band with some brass. Usually we had two or three glocks some snares and our bass drum. Our marchpast for the past 12 years has been "the saints" . Now i'm not knocking "the Saints" but after hearing it for my entire cadet career I kind of cringe when I hear the glock chiming "the Saints".

Now it's been a rough year , the Squadron went from having a full slate of adult staff to beginning in September we had only the CO . By the time I decided to come back and assist with the band in December we now have An Admin O , A supply O , And also a Trg O.

When I say we have a brass band, we have 2 Trombones and a Trumpet in addition to our Snares, Bass and A Glock. In my opinion , with our low numbers this is wonderful. Some nice Low Brass for the bass line and counter melody, Trumpet for the melody and the glock to put it all together.

Seeing as the band has never been this large in quite a few years we've finally purchased some new equipment and currently waiting on some lyres for the brass, which puts us in a position that its hard to play and march at the same time, once we receive them I feel it will work very good. The main point of this Blog post In my opinion is not to criticize the band or anything, Were slowing piecing together the ceremonial card and are working on the Simplified RAF marchpast, And as an inspection piece, "Danny Bhoy" .

We've only had more In depth practices in the past few weeks and they may not be the perfect band, But I feel the most important part of all of this is that the kids are motivated to play, the enjoy playing , And I love hearing them play.

We Might not have the numbers, We may not have the pieces down pat, But I feel with the interest we have to the band we can pull more youth into the program from the community grow our numbers and by next year this time, We will not be the band that CAN be. We will be the band that CAN!


-Adam
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  1. Wlodar.Alex -
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    My corps is in just about the same boat. As far as I know, we haven't had any kind of band for at least the last nine years, but we started a pipes & drums program last year thanks to the support of our AfU and, while they're not ready to play independently, our ACR will finally have some music as cadets take part in the regiment's band. We've had parade practices with four pipers and two snares plus whichever instructor or officer we could throw on the bass drum for about a month and it makes such a big difference to have music to march to. What's more is that the regiment's band is hoping to get the cadets to a high enough level to be able to play with them at highland games and other such events, which is obviously great for everybody, considering it's a volunteer-based band.

    Hopefully in the coming years we'll have a full standalone pipe band. People are already showing more interest in the various instruments now that we've paraded it.
  2. Frenchie -
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    Great to hear! While Music is considered "optional" in the CCO Its great to have a band if possible for the unit to engage interest in playing music and raise esprit de corps . Having the cadet band out and about doing parades and being engaged in community events is a great way to show an active unit and engage interest in the program.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wlodar.Alex
    My corps is in just about the same boat. As far as I know, we haven't had any kind of band for at least the last nine years, but we started a pipes & drums program last year thanks to the support of our AfU and, while they're not ready to play independently, our ACR will finally have some music as cadets take part in the regiment's band. We've had parade practices with four pipers and two snares plus whichever instructor or officer we could throw on the bass drum for about a month and it makes such a big difference to have music to march to. What's more is that the regiment's band is hoping to get the cadets to a high enough level to be able to play with them at highland games and other such events, which is obviously great for everybody, considering it's a volunteer-based band.

    Hopefully in the coming years we'll have a full standalone pipe band. People are already showing more interest in the various instruments now that we've paraded it.
  3. M. Arnott -
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    Adam. Glad to see you back involved with the CCM. This blog post popped up and it is good to know that your unit is making progression with their music program.