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High-flying air cadets hit right note with City livery company

PUBLISHED: 20:03 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:27 05 October 2010

Master Glover John Brown presents new drum to Cpl Danny Gray and (inset) Flt Sgt Jonathon Maflin who received £350 for pilot training

Master Glover John Brown presents new drum to Cpl Danny Gray and (inset) Flt Sgt Jonathon Maflin who received £350 for pilot training

AN AIR Cadets Squadron band worked hand in glove’ with a City of London Livery company when they played a specially-composed march at their annual design awards. They struck the right note at the Worshipful Company of Glovers’ July luncheon at Draper’s Hall in the ancient Square Mile where representatives from design colleges around the country received awards in this year’s national glove design’ competition

AN AIR Cadets Squadron band worked 'hand in glove' with a City of London Livery company when they played a specially-composed march at their annual design awards.

They struck the right note at the Worshipful Company of Glovers' July luncheon at Draper's Hall in the ancient Square Mile where representatives from design colleges around the country received awards in this year's national 'glove design' competition.

The cadet band from the Shoreditch 444 Air Squadron played a work they composed specially for the awards called the Glovers Beat after being presented with a new drum by the Livery company's chairman.

The Glovers Company has so far donated £1,000 of instruments to the squadron as well as organised weekend events for the cadets with the 21st Special Air Service Regiment Reserves.

But there was also a surprise for young Flt Sgt Jonathon Maflin who was a guest at the lunch when he was presented with a cheque by the Master Glover for £350 to help towards his Private Pilots licence.

The cadet band was reformed in 2005 and is currently headed by civilian instructor Tom O'Shea, the squadron's Band Master, who has been teaching the cadets as young as 13 a range of instruments including the bell lyres, drums, bugle and bagpipes.

Yet most don't even come from a musical background.

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