The Silver Bugles
The Silver Bugles Band is often seen as the public face of the Somerset Army Cadets.
In 1979, Frome Army Cadets formed a Band of Bugles, and named it ‘The Silver Bugles’ after the affiliated Regiment of the time – the Light Infantry.
It is now made up of cadets from two platoons, Uphill and Frome, and supported by a handful of adult volunteers. Most band members arrive with little or no musical background and are instructed by volunteer adults who themselves often have no formal music training. It is testament to their self- discipline and tenacity, that the cadets learn quickly to produce quality music while marching in sequences, often at 140 paces a minute in line with their Light Infantry tradition.
Band members manage to combine their band training with the regular APC syllabus while finding time to perform at events. This is only made possible by a dedicated staff and supportive parents, whose tailoring skills have proved invaluable over the years.
‘The Silver Bugles’ are an example of what ‘modern youth’ can achieve with the right support and encouragement, performing at many important events.
The have performed at Military Tattoos, Armed Forces Day celebrations, escorted the ‘Queen’s Medal’ winner at Bisley, appeared at the ‘Swift and Bold’ Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, Sounded Retreat on Horseguards Parade and Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres, and played for H.M. The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.