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Trust Grant to Cadet Band is Music to Their Ears

Published: 08 Jun 2015


Air Cadets will be marching to a new tune with the welcome news that the RAF Charitable Trust has awarded them a grant of £6,000 to help pay for bugles and percussion for the National Marching Band of the ACO.

The Band, formed in 2009, now has the funds to buy snare drums, bugles, cymbals, bell-lyres, and drum practice pads, so that they'll be ready to play a key role in celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Air Cadets in 2016. 

Previous engagements have included performances at the RAF Museum in Hendon, the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, Twickenham rugby stadium, Heathrow Airport, and the garden of No 10 Downing Street, in addition to the Royal International Air Tattoo, which raises money for the Charitable Trust. 

ACO Principal Director of Music Wg Cdr Gil Singleton said: "I am delighted and honoured that the RAF Charitable Trust has recognised the worth of Air Cadet Music Services and the National Marching Band in particular, by the very generous Grant that will assist in the purchase of new marching percussion instruments and bugles.

"The financial help proffered by the Trust is most welcome and it will be a pleasure to acknowledge this support publicly in all our forthcoming events, because it signifies the fact that we are recognised to be part of the RAF 'family'. Suffice to say it works both ways and we will be actively supporting the RAF Charitable Trust so that others may benefit as we have done."

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