Cadets march way to Normandy

THE countdown is on for a group of 70 musicians aged from 10 to mid 20s from Riverwood Hornets, as they gear up for a trip of a lifetime after being invited to perform during the 80th anniversary celebrations of D-Day in Normandy, France, on June 6.

The Historic Programs invitation follows Riverwood Hornets Marching Band performing in the 78th Anniversary Pearl Harbour Memorial Parade – the first Australian band to do so.
Two of the musicians heading off are the Mahmood brothers Zayyan, 17, who plays the trumpet, and Mateen, 22, who plays the cymbals.
They will be accompanied by their father Khurram who plays trombone for the group.
“It’s been quite a journey from Peal Harbour, now to Normandy,” Khurram said.
“It’s great for the boys that they have a family connection to the war as my grandfather was a member of the Persian and Iraq force which fought for the British army; they will be proudly wearing his medals,” he said.
Zayyan said he was looking forward to meeting others from around the world.
“It’s going to be a fun experience and my friends and teachers are all supporting me and can’t wait to hear my stories when I get back,” the Kingsgrove High School student said.
Re-branding from the Australian Air League to the Australian Cadet Corps, the squadron is madly rehearsing with their Officer Commanding Chris Bailey saying it was an exciting time yet incredibly busy as they are still fundraising to meet travel and accommodation costs.
As such, the community is invited to a fundraising Trivia Night at Club Rivers on Saturday, May 4, from 6.30pm, with tickets $30 each including a complimentary drink.
Next up will be a Riverwood Squadron concert at Mortdale RSL on Sunday, May 19, from 6pm, costing $25 each including afternoon tea.
To donate or for tickets, call Chris, 0414 467 987.