The Squadron Corps of drums has been a vital part of the squadron since the early years of black and white. When people see Barry Squadron, they think Band.
The band was formed before the 1960’s and has been in the public eye year after year. The Squadron along with the Band have the honour of leading the Remembrance Day parade through the town every year. The Parade steps off from Kings Square marching down the main high street of Barry, Holton Road before halting outside the Memorial Hall Cenotaph on Gladstone Road.
In recent years the band has performed in competitions competing at Wing level, Region level and then achieving National level at RAF Halton in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Here, Bands from all over the UK within the Air Cadet Organisation are represented.
There are currently 10 cadets within the band and the Drum Major. The cadets practice on a weekly basis and throughout the summer months perform at fetes, functions and dinners for other organisations besides the ACO.
So do you have a flair for music? Music plays a popular role in the life of cadets and playing as part of your squadron band is highly rewarding. 372 Squadron have had a band for many years and is one of the premier bands in the Air Training Corps. We will encourage you to join the band introducing you to our military style music often with a fun twist.
Every year Music Camps are arranged at all levels of the organisation. The first Air Cadet National Concert Band camp of the year usually takes place during the school half-term holiday in February. The Camp is arranged by Air Cadets HQ and takes the form of a week’s work experience with one of the two professional RAF Bands based at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire: the Band of the RAF College or the Band of the RAF Regiment. Sharing a stage with the best musicians in the RAF is a priceless experience!
Don’t worry if you’re new to playing music you will taught to play the basics before moving onto the more advance music. You will amazed at how quickly you can learn some of the tunes we play.
Taking to the stage and representing your squadron, or playing at public parades, is another vital part of the cadet experience, and if you’ve never played an instrument before, this is your chance to chalk up another skill.
You can also achieve a BTEC in Music and turn your fun and talent into a formal qualification.