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Local cadet selected for military band training

The three week course goes beyond just music, incorporating other life skills such as public speaking
Zachary Dundas
Photo of Master Corporal Zachary Dundas at Blackdown Cadet Training Centre. Photo: WO Dominic Sobotka, Blackdown CTC Cadet Correspondent (Photo credit), © 2019 DND-MDN Cana

BORDEN – Brass, reed, and percussions are the sounds made throughout the summer in Base Borden. It takes dedication, time, and practice to fill a position in these elite bands. Master Corporal Zachary Dundas from 1884 Timmins Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in Timmins, Ontario has demonstrated these qualities and will further progress in his music qualifications as he has been selected for the Basic Military Band course at Blackdown Cadet Training Centre from July 7 - 26 2019.

This three-week course provides cadets such as Zachary an opportunity to participate in music training and military band activities, to prepare them to support corps / squadron music programs. The activities the cadets will be participating in are; first aid, maintaining a primary instrument, music theory, executing drill as a member of a band, and performing ensemble music as a member of a band.

Zachary is most excited for learning a new instrument this summer. He is a member of his corps’ band and feels that what he learns at Blackdown CTC will give him an advantage back home. The training at Blackdown CTC Zachary is undertaking goes beyond just music. He is learning useful life skills such as public speaking, respect and integrity.

The cadet program is open to all youth between the ages of 12-18 years old with a focus on leadership, citizenship and healthy living. If you are ready for the challenge, visit and click on “Find Us” and visit our Facebook page to see their adventures!