The 46 Sea Brass and Drum Band , and the combined 155 Air 2310 Army Cadet Pipe and Drum bands are all in the Ontario Band and Drill Competition being held at CFB Borden this weekend and will compete for the top place in the Province. They all earned a spot to advance at the recently held Northern Ontario Area Cadet Band and Drill at CFB North Bay. The combined 155 Air and 2310 Army placed first in the Pipe and Drum category with Drum Major Justin Brideau earning Top Drum Major. The 46 Royal Sovereign Band placed 2nd in the Military Band category with 134 Admiral Baton from Sudbury placed first, the ongoing rivalry continues.
360 Sea, Army and Air Cadets from Refrew, New Liskard, Midland to Sault Ste Marie and points in between went to North Bay to compete in the Northern Ontario Area Cadet Band and Drill Competition. On Sat May 7th Drill Teams showed their team skills during the Drill With and Without Arms categories where they were marked on their drill with commands and a silent drill mandatory component. Then on Sunday May 8th also at the Pete Palangio Arena the Pipe and Drum as well as the Military Bands performed their mandatory parade music with formations, followed by the freestyle component. All cadets units were feed at 22 Wing Eating Mess and the out of town units housed at CFB North Bay. There was no cost to join any of the cadet units and the cadets travel, meals and accommodations are covered through the Department of National Defence.
Sunday afternoon awards were presented to the top three units in each of the drill and band category. Col H. Smith 22 Wing Commander presented the award for the Top Drill With and Without Arms. Col Smith, himself a past Air Cadet, commended the cadets hard work, “It is impossible not to be impressed with these young adults. They carry themselves with poise and confidence and are clearly leaders. No matter what pursuits they ultimately choose, I have no doubt Canada will be well served by these cadets and we should be very proud of them.”
“It takes discipline, commitment and months of hard work to get a group of individuals to move smoothly as one formation as these drill teams have learned to do. It takes an equal amount of effort to make a dozen individual instruments sound like a harmonious band. What these cadets have achieved is impressive.” “The Canadian Cadet Organization is an excellent youth organization.”
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