APPLAUSE: Cadet band worth a listen

NANAIMO – Local cadets make beautiful music with B.C. Cadet Honour Band.

Cadets Scott Jolly

Cadets Scott Jolly

To the Editor,

Recently, I had the pleasure to attend the prestigious B.C. Cadet Honour Band concert.

The music was wide and varied, ranging from a complex piece of The Music of Charlie Chaplin to a highly energetic rendition of Michael Bublé’s Save the Last Dance.

Throw into the mix popular concert music highlighted by military pomp and ceremony with the exciting sound of the pipes and drums, and the result is an evening of enjoyment and entertainment to keep you on the edge of your seat.

But who would expect anything different? This is after all the British Columbia Cadet Honour Band 2013.

Under the direction of Lt. Camil Bouchard, former music director of the Canadian Navy’s Pacific Fleet Naden Band, the cadet honour band is comprised of 55 of the top teenage musicians of the Royal Canadian Sea, Army, and Air cadets from across the province.

Pipe major Sgt. Maj. Scott Jolly (bagpipes) and lead drummer Sgt. Denby Nelson-Cossey (tenor drum) from 2422 Canadian Scottish Regiment  in Nanaimo, were selected to play in this years band that toured during the teens’ spring break.

The tour locations included Nanaimo, Burnaby, Vernon, and Victoria. These youth delivered an eclectic performance with a near capacity audience at all the venues.

The aim of the Army Cadet organization is to instill in youth the attributes of good citizenship, leadership, physical fitness and an interest in the activities of the Canadian Forces.

This is a concert not to miss next year.

Katen Murie

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