Kennedy O’Donovan from Port Alberni practices clarinet with Cpl. Gary Tse at the Cadet Training Centre in Comox. O’Donovan will perform in an upcoming appearance at the BC Legislature in Victoria.

Cadets on a roll at band camp

Port Alberni cadet taking weekly clarinet lessons at Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Quadra Cadet Summer Training Centre.

COMOX – Kennedy O’Donovan of Port Alberni has been taking weekly clarinet lessons from Corporal Gary Tse at Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Quadra Cadet Summer Training Centre.

O’Donovan joined Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Alberni in Port Alberni two years ago and has been an active member in her cadet band as well as her school band at Alberni District Secondary School (ADSS).

This summer, she has a schedule packed with professional music instruction and performances all over Vancouver Island, including the Ceremony of the Flags in Victoria and the Comox Nautical Days Parade on the August long weekend.

“I can’t believe all the things I get to do and it’s all for free,” says the Grade 11 ADSS student.

“The instructors and staff are so funny and nice, and I’m really looking forward to performing at the legislature in Victoria.”

Royal Canadian Sea Cadets is a national youth program sponsored by the Department of National Defence and the Navy League of Canada. The program is offered to all youth in Canada aged 12-18.

Adults interested in volunteering or youth interested in joining, are encouraged to contact RCSCC Alberni’s Commanding Officer, Captain John Cloke by e-mail at 109sea@cadets.gc.ca.