Drum line

Maple Ridge cadet hones his music skills in Vernon

(From left) Cadet warrant officer Robert McLean of Maple Ridge plays the drums with Cadet Aleisha Fernandes  and Cadet Sgt. Emma Dube in the Oliver Sunshine Festival Parade.

(From left) Cadet warrant officer Robert McLean of Maple Ridge plays the drums with Cadet Aleisha Fernandes and Cadet Sgt. Emma Dube in the Oliver Sunshine Festival Parade.

Cadet warrant officer Robert McLean of Maple Ridge plays the drums with Cadet Aleisha Fernandes  and Cadet Sgt. Emma Dube  as part of the Vernon Army Cadet summer training centre pipes and drums band that participated in the Oliver Sunshine Festival Parade. McLean is a senior cadet employed as a staff cadet to assist with the training program.  Cadets enrolled in band courses focus almost exclusively on music training to improve their skills with their chosen instruments, but they also have time for recreational swims, team sports and visits to Vernon. During the summer, more than 1,100 Army, Sea, and Air Cadets from western Canada will spend up to six weeks training in the Okanagan Valley. McLean is a member of 2277 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, based in Langley.