Melton air cadet Sam (14) receives top music accolade

Cadet Sam Page (14), of the 1279 (Melton Mowbray) squadron performs with the ACO National Marching Band. ''PHOTO: Squadron Leader Philip Jones RAFVR(T).
Cadet Sam Page (14), of the 1279 (Melton Mowbray) squadron performs with the ACO National Marching Band. ''PHOTO: Squadron Leader Philip Jones RAFVR(T).
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An air cadet of 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron, Air Training Corps, has been presented with a gold musician’s badge - the highest musical accolade in the Corps, after performing with the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) National Marching Band.

Sam Page (14) took part in an intensive week-long camp which brought together 107 cadets from across the country to form the band.

As a clarinettist, he honed his musical skills before putting it all into practice with HM Royal Marines Portsmouth, as part of the ACO Music Services National Marching Band in Oxford.

Cadet Page said: “The week was very tough but I got into it and really enjoyed myself. I made loads of friends and it all finally paid off in Oxford.”

The Air Training Corps offers people aged 12 to 20 a wide range of activities including flying, gliding, adventure training and playing sports.

Anyone interested can go along to a session on the final Thursday night of each month at 7.15pm, at the cadet HQ on Asfordby Road, Melton, or to find out more you can log on at www.1279atc.org.uk