Hitting the high notes at Birmingham Tattoo

30 Nov 2017

Members of 126 (City of Derby) Squadron performed a continuity rifle drill display to music to an audience of 20,000 spectators from around the world.

The cadets joined around 1,000 other performers who we’re taking part in the annual national event which draws crowds from all over the worlds and features many civilian and military VIPs in the audience.  

Squadron Leader Ian Marshall told us: "Although this may sound a daunting prospect the cadets have consistently risen to the challenge and displayed to a very high standard time and time again and we have displayed at Birmingham for the last three years, each year with the display growing in popularity and complexity."

The Derby squadron have been at the forefront of Air Cadet Rifle Drill for a number of years, gaining a reputation for excellence and being very much in demand by many supporters and events both military and civilian.

This year has seen the team display around the country, most notably the Buxton Military Tattoo, RAF Wittering Sunset Ceremony and of course the 2017 Birmingham International Tattoo. 

The team is supported by a group of highly motivated and committed staff at 126 Squadron, where any additional support and training is provided - including additional weekends and late evenings! 

During 2017 they have gone from strength to strength with the support of the staff at the Derby Squadron and the wider RAFAC organisation. And as a result the team are already inundated with requests to perform at many events throughout 2018 particularly as next year sees the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

Cadet Flight Sergeant Kloe Bensley, who is the Senior Cadet within the team, said: "When the Rifle Drill Display Team were first asked to perform at Birmingham Military Tattoo it was a unanimous decision in the team that we wanted to perform.

“We began training around two months before the weekend of the tattoo once a week on a parade night.

“The team could not ask for a more amazing staff team. Our staff have been very supportive and encouraging throughout our training period, even when we were at the arena our Officer Commanding Squadron Leader Ian Marshall MBE who was with us, was still receiving phone calls from staff wishing us good luck."

Image 1: Performers at the Birmingham Military Tattoo

Image 2: Derby cadets at the Wittering Sunset Parade earlier this year