Chiswick and Brentford Army Cadets launch new Corps of Drums

31 October 2012

Army cadets from Chiswick’s 206 Detachment (Royal Signals) joined with Brentford cadets and over 400 others from around the UK for a special Music Camp week at Longmoor Camp in Surrey (22-27 Oct).

The West London Cadets’ attendance marks the first steps in the launch of a new Corps of Drums in Middlesex and North West London Sector Army Cadet Force.

The bi-annual camp provided music training for young people from beginners up to Grade 8 and is part of the ACF learning syllabus. During the week the bands gave a concert at a local care home and on the last night gave a grand concert in Southampton.

Fourteen year old Cadet Eoin Murphy of Chiswick (pictured), a year 10 pupil at Gunnersbury School, is learning drums and said,

“I only joined cadets about six months ago and this is a great chance not just to learn music but to meet new friends here at Longmoor. I’m less keen on the food at camp though”

While music has always been a part of London’s Army Cadet life, this is the first time that Middlesex and North West London Sector have taken part in the music camp, and signals a new opportunity for musical youth in the North and West London cadet area. By following a structured syllabus, cadets can now gain the BTEC First Diploma in Music, equivalent to four GCSE at A*-C, additionally it can count towards the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Corps of Drums Music tutor Captain John Corrigan beamed with smiles on the parade square as his students completed their first prize giving parade together at the end of camp. Addressing the cadre afterwards he told them:

“I am so proud of all of you. Many of you arrived here a week ago as complete beginners and what you have achieved is amazing. You marched on like professionals, your playing was marvellous and you marched off together so smartly – its just amazing what you have done in that short time”

News and phots provided by Capt Michael Nolan, PR Officer for Middlesex and North West London ACF.