For the sixteenth year Altcar Training Camp recently played host to nearly 400 Army Cadet musicians from around the Country for an eight day Camp. In addition to officers and instructors, many of whom were teachers of music, the cadets were supported by nine Regular Army musicians from the School of Music at Kneller Hall and the Army Ceremonial School.
Divided into six groups, from beginners to advanced, the cadets spent the week being put through their paces, which included marching and playing. The weather for most of the week was wet, but there were no moans from the cadets as they got on with the job in hand.
The Senior Band also put on two Concerts; one for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal at Ince Blundell Village Hall, the other at Hightown’s St Stephens Village Hall.
It was then a quick rush back to Altcar Training Camp for the Final Parade in front of an audience of local residents.
Special Guest for the day was Colonel Mark Underhill, Chief Executive NW RFCA. He inspected the cadets, handed out the prizes and took the salute.
The cadets took great pride in parading in the correct Ceremony Dress of their different Regiments that they are affiliated with, and their playing was exceptional. A number of them aspire to future careers with Regular Military Bands and Colonel Underhill wished them every success with their future ambitions.