Cadet band hits high note

The Barbados Cadet Corps Band has become the first in the corps’ history to receive a commendation.

Canada’s High Commissioner to Barbados Marie Legault requested that the commendation be given after the band’s exceptional performance earlier this month at 150th anniversary celebrations for the confederate state, held at the Canadian Embassy here.

The band had played modern and traditional pieces from various genres at the event, and their performance was hailed by the many dignitaries in attendance.

The Barbados Cadet Corps Band playing at the ceremony.

“In my 31 years of service, the Barbados Cadet Corps, to my recollection, has not received a commendation. The band [has now reached] such a pinnacle,” said Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force Colonel Glyne Sinatra Grannum.

He described the band’s performance as “outstanding”, “polished” and “professional”, and said that was also the sentiment of several guests at the event.

Thomas Waithe receiving his award.
Christian Reid receiving his award.
Tyreed Greenidge receiving his award.

Grannum said it was refreshing to see young people engaged in positive activity such as this.

“There is a wider message of encouragement and inspiration. Too often, we read in the newspapers and turn on the televisions and see examples of mayhem and ill-discipline and poor conduct, and I wonder what will become of Barbados,” he said.

“I am encouraged that there is something still of worth . . . . This band, in the twinkling of an eye, will become mature citizens of Barbados who will be responsible for the future of the island.”

5 Responses to Cadet band hits high note

  1. Rose Joie
    Rose Joie July 18, 2017 at 12:11 pm


  2. Watchman July 18, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Congratulations, keep striving.

  3. Jacqueline July 18, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Congrats Band. It is good to hear something good about our young people.

    On another note, back when I was a cadet, you also had to be sharp on hair cuts, Just saying!

  4. Tony Webster July 18, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    UP de young t’ings!

  5. Carlisle Norville July 18, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    i see the Barbados cadet corps band receiving honors,( let me also mention, they are some excellent young ladies in the cadet corps worthy of mention, I being an ex-coast guard member, would like to see Sea scouts playing an active role again. I was a patrol leader of the Wesley hall sea scout troup under Mr.steven Flemming, the youth need to be encouraged in these kinds of activities, it helps to develop their young minds to think very positively


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