Banging the drum about new cadet unit

We’re drumming up support for a new cadet unit we’re planning to launch later this year.

Our new Cadet Corps of Drums will be a first for WMP and will, hopefully, follow a tradition where we had one of the top Corps of Drums in the country.

Now, we’re looking for musical maestros or marching masters to help us run it.

Cadet Corps of Drums
Cadet Corps of Drums

Drum corps are specialised marching drummers made up of people playing side drums, bass drums and bugles. Our cadet group will cater for up to 30 youngsters, aged 13-17, with varied musical experience.

The unit will be based in the gym at Chelmsley Wood Police Station and it’ll be open as soon as we’ve recruited experienced volunteers to help run the unit as cadet leaders.

Superintendent Jack Hadley, who currently leads WMP’s brass band, has already offered to help co-ordinate the unit and we need a host of other volunteers with some expertise to join his team.

Liz Curran, our Cadet Youth Engagement Officer, said: “We’re looking for people from all backgrounds who’d be interested in supporting this unique opportunity for young people. The team is looking to recruit specialists such as ex-military drummers, ex-military musicians, those with military or police drill backgrounds and anyone with a musical background.

"We’re also keen to hear from anyone who’d like to get involved who doesn’t have specific experience, but who is interested in learning. The more people we have the better."

The Cadets Corps of Drums of will meet one evening a week to start with and once trained will be encouraged to join local parades for major events, which may take place at weekends. All the equipment is provided.

If you think you can help us bang the drum for our new unit, get in touch by sending an email cadets@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk with ‘drum corps’ in the subject line.

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