Over half of all Army Cadet Force counties now have a band and cadets are being invited to perform at all kinds of events both at home and abroad. Aside from gaining the technical ability to play an instrument, music improves commitment, discipline and self-esteem.
Whatever your standard or choice of instrument, you are welcome to join, and once you reach a reasonable level, you will be able to take part in your band's busy schedule of engagements both in Britain and abroad.
But it's not just camaraderie and a well-stamped passport that you can gain. By following a structured syllabus, you can now gain the BTEC First Diploma in Music, equivalent to four GCSE at A*-C or four Scottish Standard Grades.
Twice a year, all ACF bands gather for a ‘Concentration', a week-long music camp in which over 500 cadets at all levels play and learn together, culminating in a series of examinations and performances in one of the largest musical ensembles in the country. Bands are also in demand for military tattoos and parades all year round, with the Malta Tattoo one of the highlights.