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Three Richmond cadets to participate in virtual international band concert

A virtual concert is being held to celebrate Commonwealth Day.

Three Richmond cadets will be joining other youth in a virtual international concert on March 8.

Sea cadet Kirin Jun Tong, army cadet Kelly Jin and air cadet Michael Shu will be joining 11 other cadets in Canada, as well as cadets from the United Kingdom and Australia to perform three pieces of music to celebrate Commonwealth Day.

This is the second year a virtual concert has being held on the day.

Attendees can watch the pre-recorded concert at 7 p.m. on the British Columbia Cadets Facebook page.

Songs being played include traditional hymns “The Crown that Fadeth Not,” Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” and the “March of the Cobblers” by Bob Barratt.

According to Cheryl Mayor, public affairs officer with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), the first Commonwealth Cadet Concert was held in 2020 and was initiated by the army cadets in the U.K.

 “Normally we don’t have international music opportunities, but we do have a provincial ‘honour band’ that comprises the top 45 cadet musicians in B.C.” said Major.

“The Cadet Program has continued to engage youth through the COVID-19 pandemic in a variety of ways, including virtual music training and testing.”