Following their recent success in local competitions the Band of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps where for the fifth year running pulling out all the stops during the weekend in their attempt to reach the corps national finals.
The Nuneaton based cadets joined forces with teams from other squadrons within the Warwickshire and Birmingham area to compete against five other wing teams at the Central and East Regional field day at Royal Air Force Wittering on Sunday 2 nd September.
The 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron band put on a magnificent display, several new pieces of music had been added to running order. Unfortunately despite all the hard work and preparation their attempt to reach the national finals was unsuccessful, they did however manage a very healthy score, which earned them third place in the overall Band competition.
The Band's Percussion Section however managed to hit the right spot with the judges. In the face of tough opposition from many of the other wing entries the squadron managed to scoop a second place in the percussion element of the competition. The Fanfare Section also did exceptionally well by taking third place in the Fanfare element of the band competition.
The Squadron also had some good news on the Media Communications front with the announcement that they had come second in the Central and East Region Best Squadron PR Competition.
Flight Lieutenant Ian Crew, Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, "The Squadrons band has worked very hard this year to get ready for both the Wing and the Regional competitions. To get through to third place in the regional band competition is an outstanding achievement especially when you consider that the majority our musicians have joined the band in the last year and hadn't taken part in a competition before the Wing Field Day. For some of them the Regional competition was their first competitive event”.
“Our second place in the Percussion Section was simply outstanding. The Squadrons drummers have been without an instructor and they have worked exceptionally well to put their routine together themselves. This is also the first year that we have represented the Wing in the Fanfare Section and as such we are very pleased with our results in that element of the competition.”