Team, trust, beauty, power, and courage - five words to live by as Eagle Flight, 111’s 35 piece band, filed into a small breezeway leading into Minoru Arena. Hearts were pounding strong, and the Cadets made great efforts to take deep breaths. It was a big day for the bandies, for hours of practice have been put into the preparation of this performance. Countless hours of rehearsal and drill to perfect the band’s craft all lead up to just fifteen minutes on an arena.
In the end, Eagle Flight pulled off a well-deserved third place, gold standard finish in the Military A Category. The entire competition experience was a significant experience for the young musicians of Eagle Flight. The intense weeks leading up to the competition were especially significant because it allowed the Cadets to build a sense of family with their peers. The Cadets got an opportunity to learn how to work as a team, understanding that a team needs to trust one another in order to succeed. For some new recruits, it was the first time they had ever worked hard for something and felt rewarded by a result. It was a successful year for Eagle Flight, and it is an experience like this that will help continue to grow the music program here at 111 Pegasus Squadron.
WO2 Francis Macapobre