Melton Air Cadet Sam (14) receives top music accolade after playing the clarinet with the ACO National Marching Band

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) has been presented with a gold musicians badge - the highest musicians accolade in the Corps, after performing with the ACO National Marching Band.

Sam Page (14), took part in an intense week long camp in April, at RAF Halton, which brought together 107 cadets from across the country to form the ACO National Marching Band.

As a clarinettist, he spent the week honing his musical skills before putting it all into practise with HM Royal Marines Portsmouth, as part of the Air Cadet Organisation Music Services National Marching Band, at Christ Church Meadows, in Oxford.

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

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

l 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 or log on at www.1279atc.org.uk