Optional Activities

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2019-2020 SEASON

All new members interested in this very successful program should have some knowledge in music and if possible in the instruments that they wish to play with the ensemble.

If you require further information, you may contact our Squadron Representative, Major Jean-François Lambert (Reserve Forces volunteer) at cadets.band.programs@gmail.com  


Highland Dancing: https://bit.ly/2JGkQ5e   and   https://bit.ly/34qFRsn 

Pipes & Drums: https://bit.ly/2N8jX7C 

Brass & Reed: https://bit.ly/328A6yf

A cadet with NO musical knowledge but HIGH level of motivation could be considered.

Important dates to remember:

  • 08 & 09 September 2019: First rehearsals of the season and the Central Band location (Sun B&R, Mon P&D) RETURNEES ONLY
  • 15 & 16 September 2019: Second rehearsals of the season and the Central Band location (Sun B&R, Mon P&D) 
  • 22 September 2019: Army Run Cheering Station ( MANDATORY, All Bands playing, 7am to 11am, )
  • 5 October 2019: Ottawa/Gatineau Cadet Brass and Reed Junior Band clinic (NCR)
  • 19-20 October 2019: Ottawa/Gatineau Cadet Pipes and Drums Junior Band clinic (NCR)
  • 10 November 2019: Remembrance Day ceremony, Ottawa South Strathcona Legion (Brass & Reeds Band + Piper)
  • 11 November 2019: Remembrance Day ceremony, Manotick Legion (Pipes & Drums Band)
  • 16 November 2019: Parade of Toys, Downtown Ottawa (Brass & Reeds + Drumline) (P&D Senior Band combined with Ottawa Caledonian)
  • 23 November 2019: Pipes & Drums Regional Band Clinic (ALL P&D members)
  •  xx December 2020: 75 Annual Mess Dinner (P&D Senior Band)
  • 18 January 2020: "Robbie Burns Dinner" Strathcona Legion,(Bank St)-Pipes & Drums
  •  18 Januay 2020: Music Level testing for Brass & Reed Bands (us only)
  • 9 February 2020: Ottawa 67's National Anthems + P&D/B&R performances (TD Place,1015 Bank Street)
  • 29 February 2020: Music Level Testing for Pipes & Drums Bands (NCR)
  • 20-22 March 2019: Eastern Region Cadet Music Festival (ERCMF) at Jeanne-Mance School, 45 Avenue des Frères, Drummondville, J2B 6A2
  •  xx April 2019: Band Programs overnight activity, Saturday overnight stay for all band cadets!
  • 7-8 May 2020: End of the Year Concerts (Last performance of the year!)
  • 31 May 2020: Annual Ceremonial Review - 742 Sqn (Full day rehearsal on Saturday)
  •  4 June 2020: 742 Annual Mess Dinner (Mess Dinner Band)
  • June 2020: Annual Ceremonia Review - 75 Sqn (75 Sqn P&D and B&R)



For all cadets, regardless of their level of music experience, who would like to become musicians. The cadet will be able to advance their musical talents and help their peers. The band performs at various parades throughout the year, both within the Squadron and throughout the community.

Mondays from 18h30 to 20h45 for the Pipes and Drums Bands
Sundays from 14h00 to 17h15 for the Brass and Reeds Bands (13h-14h open Small Ensembles)

Brass & Reeds and Pipes & Drums:
 Hangar 16 (Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces) located at the corner of Paul Benoit Driveway (formerly Canadair Drive) and Spitfire Private, close to the Ottawa International Airport. This Hangar is also on your left as you drive toward the Squadron's Hangar (Canada Reception Centre).

Note that limited time to teach cadets basic music; cadets who wish to join the programs should already know some basics.

Band Officers 2019-2020

  • Band Programs Officer: Major Jean-François Lambert (Reserve Forces volunteer) cadets.band.programs@gmail.com
  • Band programs Admin Officer: CI Cheryl Thompson & CI Samarjit Bhullar
  • Pipes and Drums OPI: Mr. Rob McCarthy / Mr. Cory Hilliard (Civilian Instructors)
  • Brass and Reeds OPI: CWO Curtis Bain / Cpl Lett (Reg Force Volunteers)

Band Sergeant Major 2019-2020 – FSgt Raymond Wang

The Band Sergeant Major (BSM) is the most senior cadet of all the Band Programs. He/She conducts the bands on parade, and oversees all activities and requirements for both Bands (Brass & Reeds and Pipes & Drums).

The Band Sergeant Major must be at least a level 4 in music, preferably level 5. (Or its equivalent)

Pipe Major 2019-2020  FSgt Giulia Calvano

The Pipe Major (PM) oversees all activities and requirements for the Pipes & Drums band. He/she is the assistant to the BSM when required.

The Pipe Major must be at least a level 3 in music, preferably level 4-5. (Or its equivalent)

This year she is assisted by Pipe Sergent Noah Grew, and Drum Sergeant David Shufelt

Assistant Band Sergeant Major 2019-2020 - FSgt Vincent Amankwah (75) & FSgt James Jackson (742)

The Assistant Band Sergeant Major (ABSM) oversees all activities and requirements for the Brass & Reed bands. The ABSM is the assistant to the BSM when required.

The Assistant Band Sergeant Major must be at least a level 3 in music, preferably level 4 or 5. (Or its equivalent)

Drum-Major 2019-2020 - FSgt Vincent Amankwah (75 Sqn) FSgt Raissa Amany (742)/ Assistant Drum-Major - Sgt Trinity Armstrong (742) & Sgt Aayush Kapoor (75)

The Drum-Major (DM) is responsible for drill, discipline and deportment of all three bands at all time. The DM is also the admin staffcadet and looks after parade state, etc. His/her assistant support him/her in the tasks and replace the DM as required.

B&R Musical Section Leaders (MSL) & the Assistant Musical Section Leaders (AMSL)

As we are a very developed Band Programs counting over 85 cadets, we also develop cadets' leadership by empowering them to lead in their instruments and show their qualities. The MSL and their assistants are responsible for the overall quality of their sections. They must ensure that all section members have their music, that it is well rehearsed, and that they are on time for all music rehearsals. They are the core of the Band Programs.


Flute Section Leader & 2IC: Sgt Edward Yang & FCpl Aurora Donner

Clarinet Section Leader and 2IC: FSgt Mason Wang & FSgt Jarry Wu

Saxophone Section Leader and 2IC: FSgt Aayush Kappor & Sgt Brady Thompson

Trumpet Section Leader and 2IC: FSgt Richard Wu & FSgt Edward Wu

French Horn Section Leader and 2IC: Sgt Razi Syed & FSgt Trinity Armstrong

Trombone/Euphonium Section Leader and 2IC: Sgt Greg Thompson & FCpl Andy Wu

Tuba Section Leader and 2IC: FSgt Elsa Faisal & Sgt Brian Liu

Percussions Section Leader and 2IC: FSgt Youran Han & FSgt Ariana Pritha & FSgt Faiz Jan


Sax Quartet leader: FSgt Aayush Kapoor

Brass Quintet leader:Sgt Razi Syed (BSM FSgt Wang on Euphonium)

Flute choir leader: Sgt Edward Yang

Clarinet Choir leader: FSgt Mason Wang

Drum Line leader:FSgt Faiz Jan / FSgt Youran Han

Jazz Band leader:Fsgt Vincent Amankwah



The music program allows cadets to be introduced to the music world. Our focuses are a junior and senior military style band programs with Brass & Reed as well as percussion instruments, and we are also fortunate to have an excellent Pipes & Drums Program.

If you require further information, you may contact our Squadron Representative, Major Jean-François Lambert (Reserve Forces volunteer) at cadets.band.programs@gmail.com  

Responsible Officer(s)
Capt C. Glendenning

To promote physical fitness and an interest in the Biathlon program.

Strength and cardiovascular conditioning through static exercises, hiking, running, and other dynamic activities. Training in ski-skate and marksmanship technique.

You don't have to know how to do it - we will show you.

The skiing and shooting equipment are provided. However Cadets are to ensure that they have the following items if they are skiing at Camp Fortune:

  1. tuque;
  2. minimum 2 pairs of gloves or mittens;
  3. 2 pairs of woollen socks;
  4. cotton or woollen sweaters;
  5. warm, stretch clothing for skiing;
  6. parka;
  7. indoor clothing for the theory classes;
  8. warm boots or sneakers, depending on the weather;
  9. lunch; and
  10. medicare card.

Usually on Saturdays: please refer to squadron calendar for exact dates. We start at 9am and pick up is at 2:30pm.

Practices locations vary. Most practices as well as the competition are at Camp Fortune . To get to Camp Fortune from Ottawa :

From downtown Ottawa, take either the MacDonald Cartier Bridge or the Portage Bridge onto Highway #5 North. Follow the blue tourist road signs to Camp Fortune.

Any cadet, from any level, may try out for the Biathlon Team. Any cadet planning to attend any biathlon activity must advise one of the officers involved. This allows us to contact the cadet if the activity has to be cancelled and to ensure that no cadet arrives without being met by others.

Cadets are to wear appropriate dress for the weather.

Always bring a pen and paper, backpack and water.

Qualifications Awarded
The Cadet Biathlon Championship Series Pins are awarded when a member competes in the various levels of competition.

  • Zone
  • Provincial
  • National
  • Myriam Bedard Award

Home Workout Routines

I have created a workout routine for our athletes to work on while at home throughout the week.

Please find the suggested December Schedule, and the January Schedule under Resources - Biathlon Training. These schedules also include the dates of Biathlon Practices over the next two months (including location and time). They will also be able to find a copy of the suggested strength training workout and the workout tracker there.

Please feel free to make adjustments to fit your personal schedule.

Responsible Officer
OCdt Nicholas Hayes

Training Dates
Self-directed program.

Conceived by his Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, and started in Canada in 1963, the program aims to help young persons develop strength of character, leadership and personal discipline through four sectors of activity: community service, sports activities, skills, and expedition. The award's purpose is similar to the aims of the Air Cadet Program.

Known around the world as The International Award for Young People, the Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award Young Canadians Challenge program regroups some 565,000 active people, aged from 14 to 24, in more than 108 countries. It is considered a very prestigious award in recognition of their individual efforts and their performance.

Like Air cadets, the Award Program is voluntary and each individual is assessed on effort, improvement and challenge, making the Award attainable by all.

The program allows you to work at your own pace, accumulate a certain number of hours per week in different categories. Many of the hours required in the program are already being done by most of you just by being in the Air Cadets. For example, if you are on the Drill Team, you can use Drill Team practices as a skill development activity or as a physical activity. If you teach on training nights, you meet the community service requirements. For Ontario students who require 40 hrs of community service to graduate, those hours can be put towards the award as well. If you take music lessons, horseback riding lessons, or whatever your interest may be outside of cadets, it can all be used toward the requirements of this program.


There is a $50.00 initial registration fee for each level of the program. This fee is generally reimbursed by the Squadron upon successful comnpletion of a level. 

To apply to the program and for a registration form or for more information, please contact our OPI at nick.hayes@742aircadets.ca

Or you can visit the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Ontario.


Self-paced with planned group activities.

Meetings are held when required.


Any cadet, from any level, may register for the program.

The minimum age is 14.

Qualification Awarded
Three award level Duke of Edinburgh pins are available. Only the highest-level award attained is worn on the front left pocket of the uniform tunic.

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold

Divisions | The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

742 Air Cadet Squadron

UPDATES FOR 2020/2021 Cadet Training Year:

As a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Drill Team will presently NOT take place in person.

Currently, 742 offers a Virtual Drill Team taking place each Sunday from 0930-1100 hrs. Virtual Drill Team includes seminar style activies and discussions about leadership, drill, general cadet knowledge, and drill and leadership summer traning, among select topics. In addtion, Virtual Drill Team will periodically have guest speakers.

Cadets interetsed can email OCdt Hayes (nick.hayes@742aircadets.ca) for more information.

Officers of Primary Interest:

Drill Program: 2Lt Chan

Virtual Drill Team: OCdt Hayes 


Please be advised the information below is indicative of how Drill Team functions in normal in-person circumtances.

Cadets are to work towards improvement and putting into practice the knowledge of all individual and squad (flight) drill movements executed by the Air Cadets.

Improv Drill Team: Preparation and practice of all drill movements (given a set of thirty movements that need to be executed on the spot) towards the regional and provincial drill competition.
Walsh Drill Team: preparation and practice of a choreography (a compulsory sequence with words of command and a silent choreographed sequence) towards the regional and provincial drill competition.
Strathcona Drill Team: preparation and practice of a choreography (a compulsory sequence with words of command and a silent choreographed sequence) towards the regional and provincial drill competition.


The Improv Drill Team is composed of a minimum of 12 cadets led by a Drill Team Commander.
The Walsh Drill Team is composed of a minimum of 15 cadets led by a Drill Team Commander.
The Strathcona Drill Team is composed of a minimum of 21 Cadets led by a Drill Team Commander.

The Drill Team participates in the regional Ottawa-Area Drill Competition held in April and hopes to advance to the provincial Quebec and Ottawa Valley Drill Competition held in June within Ottawa Valley and Quebec (location TBC).

Drill is an important part of cadet training. Drill promotes discipline, alertness, precision, pride, steadiness, and the cohesion necessary for success within a group. From a leadership perspective, drill is an excellent vehicle to help enhance some personal attributes. A senior cadet’s assertiveness, confidence in his/her abilities while speaking in front of a group, and supervisory skills while correcting personnel on their dress and personal drill all benefit from drill instruction.


Sundays 0900-1200hrs (these timings are subject to change) *0900-1330hrs* from October to December 2019
Occaisonally Fridays 18h00-21h00hrs

Keep up to date by visiting the Event Calendar.


Sundays: Hangar 11, 190 Clear Skies Pvt
Fridays: École élémentaire publiue Michel-Dupuis, 715 Brian Good Ave


Any cadet, from any level, may try out for the Drill Team Program. Cadets who are not selected for one of the two Drill Teams can continue to refine their skills for the following year - express this interest to the Responsible Officers.

Cadets selected as members and alternates of the Drill Team MUST:

  • Be present each week and cannot miss two (2) weekends consecutively (otherwise, an officer and their team commander must notified).
  • Be respectful and;
  • Possess an appropriate and positive attitude towards the members of the team.
  • Be in the correct dress requirements.
  • Strive towards the standards in dress and deportment required.
  • New members: demonstrate improvement and strive to excel in the execution of their drill.
  • Returning members: demonstrate knowledge and high-level execution of their drill.


  • Civilian dress, suitable for physical activity.
  • MANDATORY: Drill boots and socks
  • Hair elastics: Hair must be up and back for female cadets with long hair.
  • Note: Cadets may be required to wear their full uniform for specific practices and/or bring their uniform parts for inspection.

2018-2019 Results:

Ottawa Valley Local Competition (May 2019):

  • Walsh: 3rd place
  • Improvisation: 1st place

2017-2018 Results:

Quebec & Ottawa Valley Regional Competition (June 2018):

  • Improvisation: 1st place earning the title of Regional Champions

Ottawa Valley Local Competition (April 2018):

  • Strathcona: 1st place (4th in region)
  • Improvisation: 2nd place (3rd in region, top 3 advances to regional competition)

Responsible Officer

Objective & Description
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Every Wednesdays from 18:30 – 20:30 hrs. For the weeks before the competition, additional help is available from 20:30-21:30. Please always check the event calendar prior to attending.

The trailer/shack (8 Clements Pvt). Subject to change, please check the event calendar.


Appropriate civilian attire. Uniform for competition

Ground School Staff

Chief Ground School Instructor: Capt C. Glendenning 

The Ground School program is provided to offer academic training to interested Air Cadets who wish to compete for selection for the Glider Scholarship Program or the Power Scholarship Program.

The Ground School Program consists of two phases: General Ground School deals with the initial training of the cadets; Scholarship Ground School deals with advanced training of those cadets eligible for a flying scholarship. Specifics of each phase are:

  • General Ground School: Topics include aircraft operations, air law, meteorology, navigation, interview techniques and general information on the aviation industry and the Air Force. Activities include visits and flight simulator sessions.
  • Scholarship Ground School: This phase runs from September to February, entails an in-depth review of the material presented in General Ground School, and includes various evaluations which serve to identify candidates for the glider and power scholarship courses.

During summer camps, cadets can earn a glider pilot or power pilot licence issued by Transport Canada. These are CIVILIAN qualifications. Once qualified, cadet pilots can operate an aircraft within civilian organizations as well as within the cadet organization.

Furthermore, cadets who do not have the minimum age required to pilot an aircraft as required by Transport Canada (16 or 17 years) can attend a 3-week summer course: Introduction to aviation.

See the Event Calendar for schedules for General and Scholarship Ground School.

Squadron training sites.

Civilian clothes


Scholarship Ground School: Eligible for a scholarship in the Summer following the training year ; must be in Training Level 3 or higher.

General Ground School: All cadets who are interested in aviation, and particularly who are interested in attending a scholarship in a future year.

Qualifications Awarded

Successful graduates of the Ground School program may be selected for a flying scholarship, where they may be awarded their glider or power pilot wings:

  • Power Pilot
  • Glider Pilot

Responsible Officer
Capt N. Lang

Marksmanship Team Coach
Capt N. Lang

Develop an interest for the sport of competition marksmanship, while promoting the secure handling of firearms.

Marksmanship is one of the most popular cadet training activities. Cadet marksmanship had its roots in familiarization training with the Canadian Forces. Its current focus, however, is on teaching cadets the proper use and safe handling of firearms for recreational purposes only. The marksmanship program has been specifically designed for youth and is based on Olympic-style competition.

Self-confidence, acceptance of responsibility and sports etiquette are just some of the life skills acquired from the training. A healthy respect for firearms, the development of proficient use of rifles for sport and recreational purposes, and an improvement in self-discipline are additional benefits.

Cadets use the Daisy 853C air rifle that fires a .177 calibre pellet and has a round aperture sight. Because of the low muzzle velocity, the Daisy 853C is not classified as a firearm under federal gun legislation.

Throughout the year, cadets participate in a series of competitions at the local level that culminate in zone and territorial/provincial competitions and the annual National Cadet Marksmanship Championship.

Also, marksmanship activities are present at all the various cadet summer training centres and some courses are aimed specifically towards this program. A limited number of cadets may also fire small bore and large bore rifles.

The rifles, pellets, portable shooting ranges and targets are provided.

Recreational shooting periods are scheduled into the training plan to give each cadet a chance to fire.


Were currently looking for a new shooting location.

Were currently looking for a new shooting location.


Each team must consist of five cadets including a minimum of two (2) juniors. A junior cadet must not have reached their 15th birthday on or before the 15th of May of the competition year while other cadets cannot have reached their 19th birthday by that same date.

Any cadet, from any level, may try out for the Marksmanship Team. The team will be selected from the group of cadets who qualify, based on scores at practice. An additional consideration is the requirements for team composition; at least two Junior cadets are required on the team.

Qualifications Awarded
Qualifications are based on shooting 10 pellets into two grouping targets during the same pratice. A cadet must attain the standard (as listed below) on two separate targets in the course of a year to obtain the qualification. The highest qualification attained during the year is retained. For a Marksman qualification, a cadet must obtain two groupings of 3 cm on two targets. For example:

Three additional Cadet Marksmanship Championship Series Pins are awarded when a member competes in the various levels of competition.


Updated: Sep 4th, 2018 at 12:53 PM (EST)