A Highland Drummer from Fort William has received national recognition for her dedication to Cadet Piping & Drumming.
Cadet Colour Sergeant Jodie Standen (16), from 1st Battalion the Highlanders ACF Fort William Detachment, was awarded the BAE Systems Recognising Excellence Award in Piping & Drumming.
The ceremony took place on Saturday (25 Nov) at the annual Army Cadet Force Association Dinner, held in the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London.
CSgt Standen is everything that a cadet should aspire to be. She is dedicated to not only furthering herself, but also helps to ensure junior cadets within her battalion and detachment strive to reach their goals. Although she is not a member of the Pipes & Drums Detachment, Jodie makes an almost four-hour round trip from Fort William to Culloden to take part in the Pipe Band Detachment’s training nights where she holds the position of Cadet Drum Major.
Jodie became the Lead Drum Major for the National Cadet Pipes and Drums during their performance with the Massed Bands and Pipes & Drums of the Household Division on Horse Guards Parade in June. A daunting task which meant she had to learn a completely new set of drill, Jodie rose to the occasion, putting on a fantastic performance of which she was also commended by the Senior Drum Major of the Guards Division. Jodie has also completed her BTEC Music Diploma with CVQO and is currently completing her Duke of Edinburgh Silver award.
Jodie was presented with her award by Lt Gen (Retd) Andrew Graham, President of the ACFA. The presentation was watched by her proud parents, who are also her Fort William Detachment adults, Company Sergeant Major Instructor Margaret Standen (39) and Sergeant Major Instructor James Standen (47).
Jodie was not the only member of the Highland Battalion who attended the dinner, four members of the Pipes & Drums were invited to perform as a Pipers Quartet: Cadet Pipe Major John McLaren (16) and Cadet Lance Corporal Alan Hasson (15), from Culloden Pipes & Drums Detachment, Cadet Callum Clark (16), from Thurso Detachment, and Cadet Corporal Innes Stone (16) from Elgin Detachment.