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Top teen musicians give free concert

March 13, 2014 - 1:49 PM

Two Enderby Army Cadets will take to the stage when the 2014 B.C. Cadet Honour Band performs at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday March 22, 2014 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Cadet Sergeants Galen March, and Robert Lewis, both snare drummers, will perform as part of the larger band and also in a drum line where they will showcase their skills.

The full concert band will play a variety of lively tunes, including marches to commemorate the centennial of World War One and the 75th anniversary of World War Two, as well as a selection of varied and light music.

The Cadet Program is pleased to offer free admission to the concert. "I attended the B.C. Cadet Honour Band performance last year with my family and we were all thoroughly impressed,” said Rear-Admiral Bill Truelove, Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific as well as regional commander of the more than 7000 cadets in B.C. “The cadets are tremendously talented musicians and the program was lively, creative and entertaining. It is even more impressive when you consider that the cadets come from around the province and have only three days to rehearse and put it all together. I encourage you to attend. You won't be disappointed.”

The 45 cadet musicians were carefully selected for the one-week "spring break" band based their musical skill. Most of the cadets have achieved a minimum of Level 5 with the Cadet National Music Program, a level similar to Grade 5/Grade 6 with the Royal Conservatory of Music.

“Selection for the B.C. Cadet Honour Band is considered a coveted prize amongst the 1,600 cadet musicians in B.C.,” said Lt(N) Carl McLean, 2014 B.C. Honour Band Director of Music. “The Honour Band program showcases cadets’ impressive musical ability, something I am confident their families, friends and communities are proud,” added Lt(N) McLean, a professional musician with 34 years’ experience performing with military bands, including 21 years with Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy.

The young musicians range in age from 14 to 18 years of age, and are a mix of sea, army and air cadets. Many of the teens also play in their community or school band as well as their cadet band. The annual Honour Band provides the cadet musicians opportunities come together and play in a high profile symphonic setting, unique from what they would typically be performing at home.

The B.C. Cadet Honour Band will also perform in Victoria,Nanaimo and Burnaby. After the week of travel and performance, the cadets will return home, with new friends and memorable experiences. The Cadet Program’s music program exposes the cadets to a variety of opportunities, including travel, performing at high profile community events, marching in community and memorial parades, and receiving instruction from professional musicians.

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