Cambs ACF Appoints New Drum Major

10 November 2020

Cambridgeshire ACF has appointed a new Cadet Drum Major, 17 year old Cadet Staff Sergeant Sophie Carrick.

The CoD Drum Major is the organisation’s most senior cadet. On parades she will be at the head of the formation, and carry a mace which is used to give many of the commands, including to start and stop both marching and playing.

Drum Major Carrick at Detachment just before the lockdown. Picture; SMI Roberts

Sophie joined Cambridgeshire ACF in 2017 and after qualifying at APC 1 Star, she opted for the Corps of Drums. Her highly successful cadet career has seen her achieve ILM Level 2 Award for Young Leaders, qualify as a Youth First Aider and complete her APC Music 4 Star last November. With a birthday at the beginning of the academic year, Sophie only has 11 months remaining as a cadet, but is determined to make the most of the time she has left.

Drum Major Carrick said; ‘When I joined the Corps of Drums I instantly knew that I wanted to climb the ranks and improve, as it was such a fun and motivating environment. I am so grateful that my hard work paid off and I can not wait to inspire others to work hard, and help motivate them. I love being part of the Corps because we have such a great team and we all respect and help each other. I was not expecting the appointment, but being able to lead Cambridgeshire ACF CoD is a great honour as well as very exciting. It’s just amazing and I am delighted.’

Drum Major Carrick playing at an ACF awards ceremony, 2019. Picture; Doug Stuart

Drum Major Carrick brings significant skills to the role; having achieved the highest star level in Music she is now able to teach cadets at all star levels. She plays various instruments, including the keyboard and flute.

Sergeant Major Instructor Marcellus Roberts said; ‘The appointment of Drum Major is a considerable achievement, and the highest position in Cadet Force Music that a cadet can aspire to.’ 4 Coy OC Major Wood added; ‘We have noticed that she only requires one more subject to complete her APC [Green] 2 Star; so sometime soon, watch out for Cambridgeshire ACF Cadet Drum Major on the range!’

Text by PI Doug Stuart