14 April 2015
Cadets from across the UK have spent the last eight days taking part in the Army Cadet Force Piping & Drumming Concentration at Cameron Barracks in Inverness. The course is open to all of the cadet forces and continues to attract them from all corners of the UK annually. The cadets are taught by highly qualified instructors from the Cadet Forces, Regular Army, Army Reserve, Royal Air Force and the University Officer Training Corps.
A structured and progressive learning package is delivered to the cadets which provides an opportunity for learning at Novice, Intermediate and Advanced levels for all Pipe Band instruments. Not only do the cadets receive first class tuition but all cadets are also given the opportunity to achieve Star Level Awards (Music), Music Proficiency Awards and Piping and Drumming Qualification Board Certificates and Scottish Qualifications Authority exams dependent on their level of competency. The course saw 117 cadets set SQA approved assessments, where 105 of them passed.
This concentration was Cadet Innes Stone (1 Highlanders ACF) first ever pipes and drums course. Cdt Stone was learning SCQF Level 4 in Piping; “I really enjoyed it and I’ve been able to play in my first ever massed bands and can’t with until the next event.”
Cadet Bombardier Minjie Li (Northumbria ACF) found the course most enjoyable; “By the end of the week I was very tired but it was very rewarding to step of in the massed bands. I especially enjoy getting to meet people from different units from across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland”
Saturday morning saw the course prize giving, attended by some parents, the prizes were presented by Major General Malcolm Wood CBE from the ACFA.
The end of the week saw the cadets take part in two public performances, one on Dingwall High Street on the Friday and the second on Inverness’ Falcon Square on the Saturday. Both events are sponsored each year by Highland Council, who also very kindly provided refreshments afterwards for both the Cadets and Adult Instructors.
Cameron Barracks has a very long affiliation with both Army Piping and Cadet Force Piping. The first Army Class of Instruction was held at Cameron Barracks in 1910 under the expert tutolage of Pipe Major John MacDonald and supervisory direction of the Piobaireachd Society. The Army Cadet Force has endeavoured to keep this affiliation alive and very much look forward to the annual trip to Inverness.
For more information about the course please contact Graeme Wells, 1st Battalion The Highlanders Army Cadet Force PR Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about Piping & Drumming Qualifications with the ACF.