Victory Band tops cadets musical contest

Nii Laryea Afote Agbo(infront) presenting the overall best  winner trophy to Cadet leader of Akatsi Victory Band.Displaying their trophy are the first and second runner-up.Photo.Ebo GormanVICTORY Band, from the Volta Region, last Saturday emerged winners of the National Cadet Corps musical competition in a keenly contested grand finale held at the Military Academy and Training School (MATS) in Accra.

The event organised to commemorate the 60th anniversary of cadetting in Ghana, saw Prempeh College Cadet Band placing second with Kumasi Technical Institute coming third.

Oti Boateng SHS and Akwamuman SHS both from the Eastern Region and Victory Band from the Volta Region represented the southern sector of competitors.

Among those which represented the northern sector were Osei Tutu SHS, Osei Kyeretwie SHS (OKESS), Kumasi Technical Institute, Yaa Asantewaa SHS, Prempeh College, Bekwai Wesley SHS, Kumasi High School and Tepa SHS, all from the Ashanti Region.

The finales emerged from competitions held in their respective sectors at the 5th Battalion of Infantry, Burma Camp on July 5, 2014 for the south and at the 4th Battalion of Infantry in Kumasi on October 25, 2014 for the north.

At the grand finale at MATS last Saturday, the cadet corps turned out in their colourful and immaculate military uniforms with their instruments.

The charged atmosphere coupled with anxiety written boldly on the faces of the contestants spoke volumes of how schools were not only developing the academic knowledge of the youngsters but also engaging them in other extra-curricular activities for their future.

The audience seemed awed by the transformation of the students into tiny military bandsmen churning out variety of regimental and orchestral music to fill the square at MATS which they demonstrated by their spontaneous claps in response to the performances.

All the bands impressed all the three judges from the Ghana Armed Forces Central Band so much so that it was a real task coming out with the winners thus keeping the audience waiting for minutes after the contest had ended.

The parade square where the single was held suddenly rocked to life when the judges emerged from the “collation centre” to deliver their verdict.

Presenting the award to the winners, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, the Greater Accra Regional Minister commended the National Cadet Corps Band Secretariat for instituting the contest for such talents in the various schools.

“I will therefore urge sponsors and indeed, all of us to support a worthy course no matter how little it may be so that this laudable programme will flourish from day to day”.

Nii Afotey Agbo also commended the contestant for their wonderful performance, saying, “I acknowledge with deep sense of admiration and respect the self-discipline, hard work and commitment that you displayed today”.

He reaffirmed government’s determination and commitment to equip the youth with employable skills to meet the demands of the job market and also prepare them to take up leadership positions in the future.

By Lawrence Markwei

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