Fanfare for Ripon cadet

Cadet Owens
Cadet Owens

A Ripon Air Cadet performed a fanfare in front of thousands of visitors to the Birmingham Military Tattoo.

Cadet Corporal Jonny Owens, of 886 (City of Ripon) Squadron, was one of just six cadets in the UK to be selected as a Fanfare Trumpeter of the Air Training Corps at the prestigious event held in December.

Cadet Cpl Owens, a sixth-form pupil at Ripon Grammar School, became a member of the Air Training Corps National Concert Band in 2010, playing Euphonium.

He learned to play brass with music teacher and former deputy Ripon hornblower Mark Sidwell as well as guidance from Ripon Grammar School’s Head of Music, James Lancaster.

For the past two years Cadet Cpl Owens has spent six weeks of his school holidays at various RAF stations, practising with the ATC National Concert Band and performing in concerts at the RAF College, Cranwell and on the main stage at the Royal International Air Tattoo. Under the guidance of the Principal Director of Music, Air Cadets, Wing Commander Gil Singleton, Jonny progressed from new band member to Principal Euphonium and was invited to become one of the elite National Fanfare Trumpeters of the Air Training Corps.

Speaking after the Birmingham Military Tattoo, Jonny said: “Playing fanfare trumpet is difficult because the instrument is 4ft long and has a heavy flag draped from it, so it’s hard to hold it up for a long fanfare.

“The team spent a whole weekend practising and ensuring that our uniforms were absolutely perfect. We were sharing the stage with the Band of HM Royal Marines as well as other international military and cadet bands, so we needed to perform to a high standard.

“It is a real honour to represent Ripon and the Air Training Corps at such prestigious events and I’m pleased to say both our performances went very well indeed.”

In a letter to the Commanding Officer of 6 (City of Ripon) Squadron ATC, Wing Commander Singleton said: “I would like to highlight the outstanding contribution made by Jonathan Owens as a member of the National Fanfare Team during the Birmingham Military Tattoo.

“The Team was chosen to open the cadet segment of the show and the very complimentary comments expressed by many afterwards are a testament to their expertise and musicianship.

“This reflects very well on the organisation and on your Squadron in particular.”

6 (City of Ripon) Squadron is currently recruiting new cadets aged 13 years or older and volunteer adult staff aged 20 and over.

They meet at the Cadet Centre on Clotherholme

Road every Tuesday and Friday from 7pm - 9.30pm.

Anybody interested in finding out more can contact the squadron on 01765 609622.

E-mail the Commanding Officer at