The 1084 Market Harborough air cadets squadron has won its third consecutive national marching band title.
The band, which had won the Central and East Regional Championships earlier in the year, contested the final against the best air cadet bands representing the other regions in the country at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire on Sunday, November 24.
They were drawn to play first and nerves were tense beforehand.
The first few notes sounded round the arena and the band stepped off to start their display.
It soon became clear they were going to be a force to be reckoned with as they played a range of tunes skilfully linked in a seamless musical feast. Marching tunes were followed by pop music, the emotive High on a Hill, then an excellent display of drumming in the drum feature.
There was then a nervous couple of hours as they watched the other bands compete but the hard work the band had put into their routine paid dividends when it was announced that, despite the very stiff competition from the other bands, they had completed a hat-trick of wins and retained the trophy they won the previous two years.
It was the fourth time they have been crowned best marching band and their seventh contest in the last 11 years.
The squadron also had finalists in the fanfare section where High Fliers specially written for the squadron and named after the squadron’s motto, saw them into third place.
The percussion section also qualified for the finals and were runners-up.
Flight Sgt Tim Monk was third in the drum major contest.
Officer Commanding Flt Lt Valerie Smith said: “This was my last attendance at the championships as OC of the squadron as I retire in two weeks’ time and I was thrilled the band completed the hat-trick of wins.”