Corps of Drums - Now recruiting

5 September 2019

Drum Major Cadet Sgt. Bailey Gould writes

As the newly appointed Drum Major for the Corps of Drums I would like introduce myself and tell you what the Corps of Drums does and what it offers Cadets.

I joined the ACF Bailey Gould has taken up the appointment of the Cambs ACF Drum Major for the Corps of Drums. Drum Major Bailey brings a skill set of experience to the role, much of which has been dedicated to the Corps of Drums. Having achieved the highest star level in Music he is now able to teach cadets at all star levels. The main Instruments he plays is the side and bass drum.

The appointment of Drum Major is a considerable achievement and the highest position in Cadet Force Music. As Drum Major he will be equipped with his Mace and will lead the Corps of Drums on various parades and displays throughout the year.

Speaking of the appointment Drum Major Gould said “I was not expecting the appointment and being able to lead the Basic’s on the recent National Band Camp was a great and exciting honour. Being appointed Drum Major for Cambridgeshire Army Cadet Force is just so amazing and I am truly delighted to receive the appointment”.

However, a Drum Major is no good without a Corps of cadets to lead… here comes the recruiting pitch!

We are looking for new recruits, that is anyone interested in playing or learning to play the Drum, Bugle or Flute, you are welcome to come and join us at Peterborough Reserve Centre.

To be clear ……………Cadets can still parade with their normal ACF Detachment and also join the Corps by parading on a Monday evening. That way they get the best of both worlds in undertaking “green” training and music!


Cadet can simply join the Corps of Drums on the understanding that they must complete APC 1 Star training before progressing via the APC Music Syllabus.

As a Corp, we are looking for enthusiastic people who would like to play in our Corps of Drums, whether you play or not and would like to play we can help you to learn, I am looking for Flute players Bb, F Flute or Piccolo players, also Side drummers, bugle and cymbal players, if you are interested, come and join us. There is also an opportunity to achieve a BTEC Level 2 qualification in Music and use music as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Qualification.

The key component to the Cambs ACF Corps of Drums is its people. Its is open to all cadets and we proud ourselves on great team spirit. You don’t need any music experience in return you receive free tuition, free dress uniform and loan of a musical instrument. As well as performing as a member of a Group, you will also get to attend two National Music Camps each year as well as travel local, regional, nationally and internationally and leading the band on parades as well as appearing in concerts.

The Corps of Drums parade on a Monday evening from 19:00 – 21:00hrs at the Army Reserve Centre, London Road, Peterborough PE2 9BY.

For further details please contact AUO Roberts via email or simply turn up on the Monday evening and see what we have on offer.