Welling Air Cadets used a Jack Petchey Foundation Small Grant to purchase equipment for their band, which is an essential part of the Squadron.
The band plays an integral role in a number of projects including the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Civic and Remembrance Sunday parades. Cadets are also able to complete a BTEC in music through their membership of the band. Using the £497 grant, 358 Welling Squadron purchased new cymbals, bass drum beaters, leather slings, marching tritons and drum skins.
The grant was awarded after Honorary President of the Squadron Peter Weston received an outstanding Leader Award. He said, “I am delighted to have assisted the cadets with this project, the band is the public face of the squadron and every year new cadets want to be a part of it!”
Mr Weston’s comments are certainly true and band continues to grow, while the Squadron has also teamed up with other local units to perform at particular events. In 2014, they got together with cadets from 359 Bexleyheath, 1227 Sidcup and 1579 Erith Squadrons to field one mass band for the World War One commemorations.
Flight Lieutenant Kris Kottier said, “Our heartfelt thanks to the Jack Petchey Foundation. The cadets love being a part of the band and the pomp, ceremony, and showmanship that come with it.”
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