Band on the march for jubilee tattoo

A CADET band were on tune as they took part in a Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Band members from 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron joined with the Black Watch Army Cadet Force to perform at a Diamond Jubilee Tattoo in Dundee.

Tenor drummer Reece Thursby, 17, said: “It was an awesome week but we had to work very hard; starting early and finishing late, learning new pieces and a marching display.”

The Longbenton band was asked to join the Black Watch by Colonel Martin Passmore, who seen them lead the Durham parade marking 70 years of the Air Cadets last October.

Cadet Sam Inns, 17, of Killingworth, said “It was an amazing experience to perform in a tattoo and we never thought we would ever get this kind of opportunity.”

During the week, the young people also gained an insight into army cadet activities in other activities and in return, the Black Watch cadets underwent glider pilot training at the local air cadet volunteer gliding school.

Squadron boss Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said “The week was a huge success with young people from differing musical backgrounds working together with a common aim.

“The final performance showed just how much effort and dedication went into the piece, and all involved should be very proud, and we’re all looking forward to working with the Black Watch in the near future.”

Two cadets – Zack Wylie and Alexander Quinn – earned the Air Cadet Drummer’s Proficiency badge as a result of the tattoo.

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