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Pitt Meadows air cadet learns military band

Pitt Meadows’ cadet Katrina Bello recently had a thoughtful look at the Military Police exhibit in the Naval Military Museum at CFB Esquimalt. - Special to The TIMES
Pitt Meadows’ cadet Katrina Bello recently had a thoughtful look at the Military Police exhibit in the Naval Military Museum at CFB Esquimalt.
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Pitt Meadows’ cadet Katrina Bello recently had a thoughtful look at the Military Police exhibit in the Naval Military Museum at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, on Vancouver Island.

She had just been sitting in on a Nadan band practice, while spending her summer at Albert Head Cadet Training Centre, taking an all-expenses paid military band course as part of the Canadian Cadet Program.

Bello, who has been an Air Cadet for almost two years attends Pitt Meadows Secondary and spends several nights a week involved with different cadet activities she also enjoys art and singing.

She is training at the centre on the west coast for six weeks on a course paid for by the Air Cadet program – best described as a musicians dream.

As well as visiting Esquimalt, Bello and fellow band members played in the parade in Duncan and will be giving public performances during the summer as well as during weekly parades at Albert Head CTC.

Bello said she's grateful for the experience.

“I am so grateful to experience the opportunities given to us in this course,” she said.” It means a lot to be able to watch the Naden Band practice. I hope to learn as much as I can from this course while I am here.”

The Naden Band, which has just returned from playing at the Calgary Stampede, recently invited the cadets from the military band course to sit in on their practices for a while.

They even gave a special performance of Hearts of Oak at a cadet’s request.

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