Surrey Army Cadet Force Band
Back in October 2013 Surrey ACF Band were approached by Kirsty Newton (one of the event planners) to supply the music at one of the posts along the route of the first Surrey Half Marathon. The Band would be tasked to play for the runners and crowd on the day.
It was a huge task as the Band only formed in May 2012 with only 6 players two adults and four young cadets none of which had played any musical instrument, but the Band grew and so did it’s experience with now a total of 18 members, 11 cadets 5 of which are beginners and 7 adults 1 of which is a beginners. Excitement grew at the thought of playing our very first stand-alone open air performance, the choice of music had to cover the runners and crowd. The Band worked hard under the Conductor’s guiding hand (CSM Kit Donal) and Mr Clive James (Civilian Assistant and Music Advisor) to ensure that the Band had the correct music, professionalism and dedication to put out a top performance on the day.
The Band voted for the theme tune Chariots of Fire to play for the runners to mark their efforts, this was played on a loop for best part of 15 minutes! That was tough for the Band but they did a fantastic job!, other tunes included Forrest Gump, Cabaret, Pirates of the Caribbean and marches to lift the crowd. It was a proud day for all.
The day started at 0600 for the minibus driver and escort to pick up cadets from Dorking, the rest of the Band meeting at their home location at Guildford ACF Hut at 0800hrs, the equipment had to be loaded in a quick turnaround to be at the post at Burpham Lane by 0900, the mad rush to unpack, put up the tent, seating and stands preceded along with getting into full ceremonial dress, time of a quick tune up then at 1015 the first of the runners were through.
It was a glorious day, sun shining, large crowd great music! Surrey ACF Band are proud that they took part in such an occasion and they had great feedback too, and it’s anticipated they will be asked to do it all over again next year!
The Band Sergeant Major (and Conductor) Kit Donal would like to say a huge thank you to all the CFAV and CA’s that took part in the event because without your hard work we could not do this, and to all the cadets that were there well done on playing so well keep up the hard work you have made me so proud.