Durham Army Cadet Force – Borneo Band

Location: Durham Army Cadet Force/TA Centre, Picktree Lane, Chester-le-Street
Day: Wednesday
Time: 19.00 – 21.00
Contact: Si Danny Roberts on 07801729315
E-Mail: danny.jacky@sky.com

Music has been an integral part of Durham Army Cadet Force since 1919.  For many years this was as a Corps of Bugles based at the home of the former 1st Durham Cadet Battalion at Londonderry Hall in South Shields. However, following the demise in 1999 of the Territorial Army’s Light Infantry Burma Band, the decision was taken to expand Army Cadet Force music in the County to full Military Band status. 

Today the Borneo Band (based in Chester-le-Street) comprises musicians playing the full range of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments.  Being a military band, performances are given both as a marching display and in concert mode.  To help develop musical ability, the Band participates in the National Music for Youth Festival. 

In the ten years the Borneo Band has been in its current format it has built up a reputation of excellence, being widely regarded as one of the foremost Bands of its kind in the Country.  Their list of performances is impressive, ranging from the annual Remembrance Sunday parade at Durham Cathedral, Empire Weekend at the BeamishMuseum and the Sage Gateshead to displays at the North East TA  100 Tattoo, Windsor Castle, the Royal Hospital Chelsea and participation at the 2007 Malta Military Tattoo. We played for the Jubilee Celebrations last years as well as a performance and the National Arboretum and also finished off the Year playing at the Royal Albert Hall for HRH The Dule of Edinburgh with the Massed Bands of the Rifles 

The Band welcomes new members; especially enquiries from young people between the ages of 13-18 years.  Beyond the age of 18, there is the opportunity to serve with the Band as a volunteer adult instructor. Ideally, musical proficiency at Grade 3 level or above is preferred; however we are pleased to announce the opening of our own musical “academy” this year, which enables us to develop young musicians. 

Over the past year, several new initiatives have been introduced, most notably the setting up of a Swing Band, which plays music from the Golden Age of Jazz and the Big Band Era.  We also have our very own Rock Group, which plays under the name “Stand To”. 

Although the emphasis is very much on musical development; by being part of the Army Cadet Force, members are also able to take full advantage of the whole range of challenging activities that are on offer to young people in the Organisation. 

These activities include the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, First Aid training and Adventurous Activities, such as climbing, canoeing and mountain biking, to name but a few.  And of course, we must not forget the social aspect. The Band and Bugles of Durham Army Cadet Force offers a unique opportunity for young people to achieve new ambitions. 

All this whilst making new friends and having fun!

Anybody interested in joining the Band and Bugles of Durham Army Cadet Force, or requiring more information,
should contact the Director of Music Major Colin Miller on 07879 603243 or Bugle Major Kevin McVittie on 07851614017 ,
or come along between 7-9pm to The TA Centre, Picktree Lane, Chester-le-Street any Wednesday.