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.
“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.
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.”