Daniels part of unique musical team

Local music teacher Jaymi Daniels is Director of Pipes and Drums at VACSTC in Vernon.

Jaymi Daniels

School may have been out for students for the summer, but for several music teachers from across BC, Alberta and Manitoba, including Jaymi Daniels of Kamloops and Ashcroft, their summer was spent at Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre (VACSTC) where they ran a band program for 150 cadets aged 12 to 18.

The program consists of a Pipes and Drums band and a Military band. The cadets arrive with a wide variety of music skills and abilities, so the challenge of offering each of them the opportunity to advance their skill levels is a complex undertaking.

By coming together during the summer in such a unique way, these music teachers are able to collaborate and offer suggestions or ideas on ways to approach different learning situations, discovering a whole new toolbox filled with ideas they can take back to their individual classrooms.

Another of the keys to the program’s  success is that many of the instructors, as well as the cadets, keep coming back.

According to Jaymi Daniels, Director of Pipes and Drums at VACSTC and a music teacher at Chase Secondary, “There is a strong sense of loyalty here amongst both the adult staff and the cadets. Many of them want to keep coming back year after year, often until they are not able to come back.” Daniels says that either work or family commitments are the main reasons that the instructors decide not to return. As for the cadets, many of them become what they affectionately call “Vernon Lifers”, spending five summers at VACSTC before they turn 19 and graduate from the cadet program. Some of the instructors who came to VACSTC as cadets returned as members of the teaching team.

It’s not unusual to see one or more of the instructors working with their cadets in the evenings on the commons, perfecting drum rolls or fingering techniques on the chanters.

The bands perform in public throughout the Okanagan each summer. Within the training centre, they provide the music for a number of events.

“A parade without music is just drill,” is a common refrain. During the final week, the band cadets host the cadets, officers and other staff for an evening of music and highland dancing, a requirement for the pipes and drums course.

The summer’s training for the cadets and instructors ends with the Final Parade and Sunset Ceremony when they have one last opportunity to showcase their music before hundreds of visitors who attend the parade. At VACSTC, summer officially ends when the lone piper silhouetted on the backdrop of the main parade square plays “Amazing Grace” as the sun slips below the Okanagan hills.

Capt. Debbie Middleton

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Public will have input on changes to interior of Ashcroft Library

Local libraries also offering new takeout service as they work toward reopening

BC SPCA team helps discover new feline virus after outbreak at Quesnel shelter

Fechavirus is a kind of parvovirus, which makes cats and kittens very sick

No Cache Creek tax increase for 2020, but Village’s cash reserves a concern

Cache Creek held a special council meeting to discuss its 2020 budget… Continue reading

Village of Ashcroft announces appointment of new CAO

Daniela Dyck has accepted the position effective June 7

High tech fish transport system set up to ‘whoosh’ salmon past Big Bar landslide

Fish will spend about 20 seconds inside the system, moving at roughly 20 metres per second

Only four new COVID-19 cases, 228 active across B.C.

Health officials watching as activities ramp up

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

Condition in kids with possible COVID-19 link being studied in Canada

This month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert to doctors about MIS-C

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

COVID cancelled their wedding plans, so they married on a BC mountaintop

Ceremony was live streamed to friends and family around the world

Trudeau acknowledges racial unrest in U.S.; ‘We also have work to do in Canada’

‘Anti-black racism, racism, is real; it’s in the United States, but it’s also in Canada,’ Trudeau says

State of Local Emergency declared for Boundary as communities brace for river flooding

Warm weather and heavy rain could cause sections of Kettle River system to swell beyond 2018 levels

Large cruise ships barred from Canadian waters until end of October: Garneau

Last year 140 cruise ships brought more than two million visitors to Canadian ports

Minneapolis cop who knelt on man’s neck charged with murder

Arrest comes after three days of protests, which escalated in violence as demonstrators torched a police precinct

Most Read