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Nearly all Counties have a Band, Corps of Drums or Pipes and Drums 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 are able play competently, you will be able to take part in your band's busy schedule of engagements both in Britain and abroad. Cadets have played across Europe, in the USA and China, with Gibraltar being a particularly favourite of ACF musical units.

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 one GCSE at A*-C or Scottish Standard Grades as well as ABRSM music qualifications and SQA Pipes and Drums awards. Musical skills can also be used to complete sections of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Twice a year (at Easter and in the October half term), ACF and CCF musical units gather for 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. At the highest levels of achievement, cadets are selected to be the National Drum or Pipe Major and Bandmaster.
​​​​​These camps receive much support from experts from the Regular Army and Reserve bands, Corps of Drums and Pipe Bands and they are on hand to train adults, as well as cadets.

Bands, Corps of Drums and Pipe Bands are in demand for military tattoos and parades all year round, with cadet buglers much wanted by their local communities on Remembrance Sunday. Come and join in - we accept cadets AND adults from highly skilled players to beginners.