National Band Contest


On Sunday 17th August T.S. Ark Royal (Reigate Sea Cadets) will be competing at the Sea Cadets National Band Competition which is to be held at the prestigious venue of the Tower of London. The band, consisting of cadets and instructors aged 12 to 21, advanced through to the National Competition after an outstanding performance at the Southern Area Contest held at Chatham Historic Dockyard in June. At the National Competition they will be competing against bands from across the United Kingdom, all of whom have competed at various Area competitions. They will be advancing to Nationals alongside two other bands from Southern Area; Poole and Herne Bay.

The Band has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, and can be seen (and heard) in the local community regularly at events including Brockham Bonfire and the Remembrance Day service at Shaw’s Corner in Redhill. The band also led the Unit’s 75th Anniversary Parade through Redhill which culminated in a service in the Memorial Park in June of this year.

T.S. Ark Royal Band after their performance at the Southern Area Band Contest

T.S. Ark Royal Band after their performance at the Southern Area Band Contest

The T.S. Ark Royal Band holds rehearsals every Monday evening at their unit based on Hooley Lane, Redhill and gives young people the opportunity to learn new skills and instruments such as the Military Side Drum, the bugle and the glockenspiel. As well as band rehearsals, the Unit also holds regular parade evenings every Tuesday and Friday as well as boating sessions for sailing and rowing during the week at Mercers Park. All activities are open to Cadets aged 12 to 18 and the Unit’s Juniors Section for children aged between 10 to 12 years old.

For more information you can visit their website: or visit them at the Unit on Hooley Lane.


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