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CCF resplendent as KES Parents fund new contingent drums

CCF resplendent as KES Parents fund new contingent drums

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17 May 2018

Cadets from the King Edward’s School CCF are the proud recipients of a new set of contingent drums after generous support by KES Parents enabled the purchase of four new drums.

The School’s CCF is numbered among the oldest contingents in the country, and recently members of KES Parents were fascinated to hear about the unexpected musical history of the CCF.  Upon learning of the enthusiasm of today’s pupils for trying out drumming, aided by a short-term loan of a corps of drums from a Devon contingent, KES Parents elected to equip the School’s CCF with their own set of drums, thereby re-instating a long lost musical tradition.

The School’s cadet corps was first established in 1900, and today it is an army only section with affiliation to the King’s Royal Hussars. Open to both boys and girls from Year 9 onwards, and welcoming pupils from other local schools, including Beechen Cliff, the broad function of the CCF is to develop valuable life skills such as leadership, responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance. 

The new drums, consisting of three side drums and a base drum, are decorated with livery based on the original KES contingent design.  With training in progress, the cadets hope to be ready to showcase the new drums at Bath’s Remembrance Day Parade in November.

Note: the black and white photo above shows the OTC band lead the weekly parade to the Recreation Ground in the 1930s.  Credit: Brian Henson, OE, featured in '450 years, King Edward's School, Bath, 1552 -2002', compiled and edited by Dr John Wroughton. 

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