29 november 2016
The High Cross Cadets is the brainchild of former Somerford Sound Corps Director Mike Horlock, to recreate the Drum Corps activity in Christchurch, Dorset, England.
Membership of High Cross Cadets is drawn from all 3 of Christchurch's Drum & Bugle Corps: Somerford Sound, Freelancers and Splitz Show Corps, as well as musicians from other Bands in the area and members who are completely new to Marching Music.
The idea of the new Corps evolved after several years of DCUK, DCE and DCI trips, but it was a trip to the 2015 DCI Soundsport event in Bristol that kick started the Christchurch Mini Corps movement. After a few initial meetings, it was decided that High Cross Cadets would perform under the Soundsport and Mini Corps UK banners.
The show for 2017 is entitled "Return" which features both brass and drum lines. Framing the whole show is a traditional Colour Guard utilising flags and rifles mixed with modern dance ideas.
High Cross Cadets are delighted to announce that they will march in competition in 2017, which will be the first time a Drum Corps from Christchurch has competed since 2001, and will make their IMG debut at the Forest of Dean Show in Lydney Gloucestershire on Saturday 8th April 2017.
The Corps would like to thank the Blue Barons Mini Corps for help with the Bugles, Lee Court of UK Fan Network for donating the Drums, High Cross Church in Somerford for the Rehearsal Facility and Kidsgrove Scouts for the provision of Guard Equipment.