With less then two weeks notice, the Band of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron had their work cut out to get themselves ready to compete in the Central & East Regional band Competition at Royal Air Force Wittering.
For the first time in seven years the Nuneaton Air Cadet's had failed to win the local Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing band competition, coming second by the narrowest of margins to the Band of 495 (Sutton Coldfield) Squadron. However with less than two weeks notice, the Nuneaton band was asked to step in at the last moment and represent their Wing in the Regional competition following the sudden withdrawal of the 495 squadron band.
So with only a few parade nights before the Regional competition the Band pulled out all the stops in a hurried attempt to put together a routine.
Despite not having had as much time as they would have liked to practice beforehand, the 121 Squadron Band put on an admirable performance during the Regional competition, which included some new tunes which have been added to their repertoire for the 2010 season.
Understandably given the limited amount of time they had had to practice the Nuneaton band couldn't manage to match the second placing that they achieved in the Regional competition last year. They did however manage a creditable fourth place in the full marching band section of the competition and also attracted some considerable praise from the judges.
Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, “I would like to congratulate all the cadets who took part today and the adult staff that helped to train them. Given the standard of the bands that compete in the regional competition and the limited amount of time we had to prepare, we did extremely well to come fourth. Every cadet who took part should be justly proud of his or her performance”.
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