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13th Jun, 2021

West Midlands Police drum up volunteers for new cadet unit

Sarah Mason 5th May, 2021

WEST MIDLANDS Police is on the look out for volunteer musical maestros for a new cadet unit.

The new Cadet Corps of Drums, which will be based in the gym at Chelmsley Wood Police Station, will be the first for the force.

The Drum corps are specialised marching drummers made up of people playing side drums, bass drums and bugles.

The cadet group will cater for up to 30 youngsters, aged between 13 and 17, with varied musical experience.

The unit will be open as soon as volunteers have been recruited to help run the unit as cadet leaders.

Superintendent Jack Hadley, who currently leads West Midlands Police’s brass band, has already offered to help co-ordinate the unit and now a host of other volunteers are being called on to join his team.

Liz Curran, the 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.

For more on volunteering and the drum corps email cadets@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk with ‘drum corps’ in the subject line.

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