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