The day had finally arrived. The uniforms were crisp and sharp, the pennants were positioned properly, and the flagpoles were sized for height. Best of all, the 254 Drill Team was ready to go. Resplendent in full Highland dress, the cadets of the 254 were piped onto parade at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The skirl of the pipes made the blood race through the veins of the audience as they watched the impeccable deportment of these fine young men and women. The pipers fell silent as the Drill Team Commander, Warrant Officer Josh Dupigny, executed flawless drill and positioned himself at the observation point. The quick march of St Catherine's played over the audience and the Drill Team was off. Acting in perfect precision, they executed the movements with dash and skill. The music changed to Road to the Isles, and the team progressed into the Slow March. The dressing was spot on, the bodies were erect with head and eyes straight to the front. Before our team could think about it, the strains of Highland Laddie broke through and the wave of the precision pennant drill commenced.
Do I sound just a little bit biased here? Rightly so, for this drill performance, from the time the music started until it ended, was completely without words of command. The cadets learned the drill, mastered the sequence and without a single rehearsal in the Bell Centre, they nailed it. What an incredible team of dedicated cadets!
I would like to extend my thanks to all of the faculty and staff of King’s-Edgehill School who contributed to this incredible venture. We had a blast!